Why you should always order the cheapest bottle of wine

“I’ll have your second cheapest bottle of wine, please.”

For anyone who’s ever eaten out at a fancy restaurant on a pre-pay day budget, we all know the unspoken rule.

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Order the wine on the list that costs the least and risk outing yourself as a tigharse in front of your date. Order the one that costs a few bucks more and look like you’ve got cash to burn.

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Now, sommelier Mark Oldman has revealed we’re actually ordering wine all wrong, and you’ll get a better bottle by picking the bargain priced drop.

The reason?

It turns out restaurants are onto our penny-pinching ways and know we’re more likely to pick the second or third least expensive bottle on the list. As a result, they’re more likely to boost the markup on these bottles.

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“You are better served to order the cheapest wine, which diners often neglect out of fear or embarrassment and thus is often a better value,”Mark explains in his book How to Drink Like a Billionaire.

“Knowing that it will sell swiftly they may have slotted an overstocked bottle into the position on the list.

“Even worse, [they] may have marked up this wine more than any other, making it potentially the worst value on the list.”

There is one thing to remember though, says Mark.

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This tip generally only works when you’re at a good restaurant that stocks decent wines, and “where even modestly prices wines are of admirable quality”.

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