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What's a reasonable mark-up on wine in a restaurant?
Gawain Young, UK: The wine list at The Harrow does indeed look impressive. However, I can't help but notice the mark up on the wines compared to retail prices. I appreciate restaurants have to choose and store these wines at a cost but I do object to the amount of the mark-up found in many restaurants. Speaking more generally there has been many a time I have asked for an ice bucket for a red wine which has been served far too warm and of course won't have been decanted. I therefore tend to choose the house or cheaper wines, saving finer wines for drinking at home. That way, I have paid the going rate, know how the wine has been...
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