|The New Orleans
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Located in the Windsor Court, an Orient-Express Hotel
Telephone: (504) 522-1992
Fax: (504) 596-4649
Wine Tips from Star Sommelier Michael Scherzberg
Taste everything - nothing can replace the experience you gain
Read everything - there's so much information out there you
have to read all the time to stay on top.
Overlook half bottles. These give you the chance to try new wines
without the investment of a full bottle, and you get to try a variety
of different wines with your meal.
Be afraid of wine; go to a good wine shop and have them help
select a variety of wines to try. Get a mixed case (you'll usually get
a case discount) and start enjoying wine with your dinner at home.
Forget dessert wine. There's an amazing range of quality dessert
wines produced. Just remember that the wine must be sweeter than the
dessert, otherwise the wine will taste too dry and astringent.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If you don't see what you're looking for, or want to know what the best
value on the list is, ask. We'll help you and you won't have to spend
an hour searching for a treasure. Plus I often open a half-bottle of
something I don't pour by the glass so I can pair a wine with a guest's
meal. This leaves me with an extra glass that may be the perfect compliment
to your dinner. If I don't have anything open, I may still find a great
bottle and open it and pour it by the glass or use it for staff training,
or hand-sell the remaining glasses. The point is, a good sommelier can
go above and beyond to accommodate requests - this is the fun part of