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FW: Per Se Suckers?

From: [an eater]
Date: Monday, November 27, 2006
To: eater complaints dept.
Subject: Per Se suckers?

So my wife and I finally got a reservation at Per Se -- amazing tasting menu, Robert Deniro sighting!, blah, blah, blah...

But here's the thing that sticks out: The sommelier brought our first bottle of wine to the table and proceeded to unwrap and uncork it. No problem there. Then, without missing a beat, HE JAMMED THE BOTTLE UP TO HIS NOSTRIL AND TOOK IN A BIG WHIFF! I mean, there was full contact between his nose hairs and the top of our wine bottle. My wife and I were too stunned to say anything and we figured our un-cultured asses didn't know this is what happens when you shell out $210 per person. Now I'm starting to think we were being fucked with. The sommelier probably bet the guys in the back that he could get us to drink in his snot. Now I need to know: is this an actual wine-sniffing technique or are we suckers?

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