If you walk into a pub or restaurant that looks a little above your means, if in doubt order the house wine, right?
Because it’s a cheapest by definition, right?
Wrong – apparently, it has little to do with price, and is simply what the establishment recommends.
So, while it often is the cheapest wine, this isn’t necessarily the case. Ouch.
“There is no exacting way to classify house wine; it depends on whose house you’re in,” says Ragovin.
“Some restaurants are excited to feature a rare find to expose their guests to something delicious.
“Some are just trying to purge the Sauvignon Blanc the wine buyer over-ordered to make room in the cellar.”
Though at least if you are after the cheapest wine on the menu, there is a sure-fire way to make this happen: you can just look at the wine list.
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