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Michelin-starred restaurants embrace bring-your-own bottle revolution

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Fine diners are drinking premier cru wines at plonk prices as a bring-your-own booze revolution gathers pace in Britain’s best restaurants. Worried by empty tables as a result of the economic slump, a group of Michelin-starred establishments are letting customers bring their own favourite bottles for no extra charge, or a modest corkage fee, instead of paying often huge mark-ups on the house wine list. Tom Aikens, a one-starred restaurant in Chelsea, and the Ledbury, with two stars in Notting Hill, are among those leading the trend, which has also spread among some of the best restaurants in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh. Others which this month admitted BYO include Aubergine, Arbutus, Club Gascon and Boisdale, £50-a-head restaurants without wine which are a far cry from the cheap curry houses associated with the practice.

via Michelin-starred restaurants embrace bring-your-own bottle revolution | Life and style | The Guardian.

Premier Cru: 1. A French phrase meaning “first growth.” 2. In bordeaux’s regions of the médoc and sauternes, premier cru is the highest subcategory of cru classé (classed growth), which was established in the Classification of 1855. Bor­deaux wines that achieve this ultimate ranking may put “Premier Grand Cru Classé” on their labels. In 1855, four red-wine-producing châteaux were given this top ranking: Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, and Haut-Brion. In 1973, Château Mouton-Rothschild was upgraded to premier cru status. There are eleven châteaux in Sauternes with the premier cru designation, plus Château d’Yquem, with its elevated status of premier grand cru (first great growth). See also premier grand cru classé; first growth. 3. In burgundy, where premier cru vineyards are some of the best, there is one higher category-grand cru. (from Answers.Com)

Plonk: British slang for low-quality wine. The soldiers in the trenches of World War One were not as au fait with the French language as we may be today. When attempting to pronounce the words ‘Vin Blanc’ it came out as Vin Plonk, and the word has stuck. (from Wiki Answers)

Strange Random Wine Quote:

“It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.” – Latin Proverb

British slang for low-quality wine.
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