Originally Posted by Mad Cook
It sounds as though the other chap was showing off either to his lady guest (I would doubt she was his wife) or the waiter or the other customers. Sadly for him most "lady guests" (and waiters) recognise a pretentious twit when they see one (and often decline a further outing). In reality he probably wouldn't distinguish a Grand Cru Burgundy from a 5 quid bottle of plonk from Sainsbury's if they got up and spat in his eye.
Mad Cook, you crack me up!
Years ago, I belonged to a wine club. The best we ever had from the club was an Italian lambrusco. It was fizzy, delicious, and basically tasted like excellent grape sodapop. Haven't been able to find it since.
Normally, we like dry reds and whites, though I'm partial to pino grigio and prosecco. At restaurants, I swirl, sniff, sip, and it's usually fine. DH used to sniff the cork when it was presented, took me awhile to get through to him that the cork was not for sniffing.