Restaurant Sciences survey: Consumers say ‘hang the expense’ when it comes to enjoying restaurant wine by the glass

Many wine buffs take a spare-no-expense attitude when it comes to ordering a glass of Chardonnay at a restaurant, suggests a new survey from Restaurant Sciences.

When out on the town, consumers who order wine by the glass tend to “select by palate rather than price,” said Restaurant Sciences, a Newton company that collects and analyzes data about food and beverage consumption in restaurants, bars, and food-service establishments. In compiling its wine-by-the-glass survey, the firm said it analyzed 10 million wine purchases.

The most popular wine-by-the-glass choices in restaurants were Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. And the best values were Pinot Grigio and Zinfandel, the firm said.


In a statement, Restaurant Sciences president Chuck Ellis said that consumers “were not concerned by prices per glass as three out of the four most popular wines were more expensive across the dining categories.”

For folks on a budget, here some advice: It’s grand to enjoy wine in the privacy of one’s home, but when in the night-clubbing souse mode, stick to the Budweiser hydration program. It can be gentler on the wallet, if not on the mind.

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