While Sacramentans may still be smarting from a recent survey which ranked our city exceptionally low for dining, here's a new survey that showed two Sacramento are wine lists as being among the best in the country. Carpe Vino of Auburn and Sacramento's own Enotria both made the cut in OpenTable's "Top 50 Wine Lists in the U.S."
The survey was conducted among users of OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation system, from Oct. 2010 to Sept. 2011. While ranking in this national survey was a great score for Sacramento, what's surprising is how poorly northern California - especially San Francisco and Napa wine country - fared overall. Completely absent in this survey are such veritable temples of wine as San Francisco's Fifth Floor, Cyrus in Sonoma and the storied French Laundry in Napa.
Perhaps the age demographic of OpenTable skews younger - how many diners under 30 have the coin to pay about $500 for a table for two at French Laundry? - but regardless of the methodology, Gary Moffat of Carpe Vino couldn't be happier with the results.
"This came as a complete surprise," said Moffat. "I'm surprised with how many restaurants didn't make the list, but I think our wine list is accessible from a financial point of view. We don't do restaurant mark-ups. All our prices are retail plus $5 to open the bottle in our restaurant. If you're in our wine club, we waive the charge. If you ran the numbers on the amount of wine we sell, it would blow you away."
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