Who’s On Thirst?
Perhaps you’ve had trouble getting knowledgeable recommendations when you’re looking for wines to pair with a special dinner. You’re not alone as wine consumers and wine salespeople often choose wine through a process of mutual misunderstanding. Of course I’m not your average wine salesman so this never happens to me. No, I’m 100% right, half the time.
But of course I’ve witnessed plenty of misunderstandings between wine customers and a wine salespeople. A typical conversation on the selling floor can sound a lot like an Abbott and Costello routine. Let’s listen in.
Customer: Excuse me Mr. Wine Expert, can you help me pick wines to serve with my four course dinner?
Clerk: I certainly can. What’s the first course?
Customer: Stew’s on first.
Clerk: I see. Well what does Stu want?
Customer: That’s what I want to find out.
Clerk: Well did you ask him?
Customer: Ask who?
Customer: That’s right, stew’s on first. What wine do I drink with stew?
Clerk: That depends, does Stu like red or white?
Customer: How should I know, just pick a wine to go with stew.
Clerk: Where is Stu going?
Customer: The stew’s not going anywhere! Look, let’s move on to the second course. Monterey Jack with rosemary are on second.
Clerk: Do Jack and Rosemary prefer wine from France or California?
Customer: That’s what I’m asking! Look I’m losing my temper and really starting to stew.
Clerk: Stu’s on first.
Customer: Aaargh! Okay let’s try the third course. Fish is on third. What do you drink with fish?
Clerk: I don’t drink with fish.
Customer: What do you mean you don’t drink with fish?
Clerk: Fish are never thirsty. What are you having for the fourth course?
Customer: Yes, mousse…