Laced with plenty of butter and cheddar cheese, the biscuits at Red Lobster are pretty freakin' tasty. The rest of the food? Well, you can probably do better, depending where you are, but sometimes, you find yourself at a Red Lobster, and you're thirsty. We're here to help. Keep this list handy if you want to pick out a wine you won't regret.
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Today we begin our foray into exploring the wine lists at popular chain restaurants. If you find yourself at The Olive Garden, there's no sommelier, and no cutesy descriptions, but you will see many of the same wines at every branch (though there may be a little variation from location to location). We tasted our way through 23 wines that you'll find at The Olive Garden in order to point you toward the best deals.
Over at the Amex OPEN Forum, Maggie writes about creating a thoughtful restaurant wine list. It seems obvious to say it, but the best way for restaurants to encourage customers to order wine with their meals is to make sure the wine complements the food. Check out the article and tell us what you think.
No one likes to feel like a dope when staring down a wine list. So here's a cheat sheet on how to avoid embarrassment, culled from the collective wisdom of sommeliers and other wine professionals. For example, never walk into a wine store or restaurant and ask for a nice, dry red wine. It's like walking into a grocery store and saying, "excuse me, do you have any FOOD?'"