Huon Hooke: The retail and restaurant disconnect

If you frequent fine restaurants and bottle-shops, as I do, you can’t fail to have noticed a breathtaking disconnect between the wines they stock.
There’s a widening gap between the wines available in retail stores and those served by top-end restaurants. It sometimes seems as though retailers and restaurants inhabit two separate worlds. The problem for the drinker is that when you discover a wine you like in a restaurant, and later try to buy a bottle from the retail trade, you can find it impossible.

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