Current Events

Christy Hemphill
Prof. Goodlad
HMGT 2402

Current State of Business

It’s unfortunate of how many people in the restaurant and wine industry is forced in going out of business because of epidemic we’re going through. As a young lady in the hospitality industry, I too faced the effects of working on the kitchen line. 85 percent of restaurants has closed but the 15 remaining that is open is also facing trails themselves. Food that was made from scratched and was daily delivered by food vendors, is now depending on canned goods. Hours has been cut extremely short or people has been laid off. Some managers took the task of doing multiple shifts such as being the roles of line cooks and dish washers. They had to reduce the menu’s top sellers. What they did to keep the restaurant business going is having their establishment opened for delivers and pick up orders. I find it to be very ironic how majority of people looked down on fast food industries and now there still in business compared to fine dining establishments.

Liberia Class Assignment

Christy Hemphill
Professor. Goodlad
HMGT 2402

What is the name of the region where Sherry is produced? – Jerez also known as “Xeres” and Port.

List styles of Sherry? – Fino-style sherry, Hybrid-style sherry, Oloroso-style sherry, and Dried grape sherry

Explain the characteristics of the region’s climate. – The sherry region is in the southwest of Spain in Anadaulsia between Cadiz and Seville. Andalusia’s climate is hot and dry, but the climate of Jerez is cooler because of the Atlantic Ocean. The summer months are usually dry with no rain at all.

Identify the soil and explain what makes it unique. – Albariza soil has 30% of limestone rich chalky soil which is known for the growth of Palomino grape. Barro soil which is the clay soil, and Arena which is the sandy soil.

What is the Dominant Grape Variety? – Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, and Moscatel.

List styles of Sherry and explain the difference – Fino-style sherry are fortified to a low level of alcohol in order to permit the flor to flourish. Hybrid-style sherry begins with the fino sherry. During the aging process, the flor dies out allowing the wines to age in the solena. Oloroso-style is sherry wine with a higher alcohol strength to prevent the development at a later point. Dried grape sherry is a sweet sherry produced from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel. These grapes are harvested at a high level. After being dried the grapes are pressed and partially fermented before being fortified and aged.

What is Flor? – A barrier of yeast thats rises on the top of the wine to protect the wine from oxygenation.

What is the result of using the solera system? – To ensure consistency. By blending multiple vintages, the possible variability of each year will be lowered. After a certain amount of years, the bottled wine will maintain a constant average age.

Wine analysis

When I think of wine, I don’t get excited anymore. Mainly because I can no longer consume the beverage. Prior to being diagnosed with a rare stomach condition known as Gastroparesis, I did consume alcohol. Lots of it. After the diagnosis, my body changed along with my diet. Prior to registering for this class, I wasn’t happy for obvious reasons and I was also worried about not enjoying the class as much as everyone else. To me, wine is what many adults call the “happy juice”. In New York City, you will find a wide range of fine dining restaurants accompanied by a wide range of wine. Both red and white wines. The price ranges also vary from low to high. I’m more than sure you won’t have a hard time finding a great tasting wine in New York City.

The two wine lists I chose to compare are The River Cafe and Blue Ribbon. Fortunately for me, I had the opportunity to experience the wine at Blue Ribbon years ago and the taste was exquisite. During my visit, I had two different wines both were white wines. One glass was sparkling “Pierre GImonneT and FILS” and the other was “Riesling”. I didn’t know anything about wine prior to this class. As for The River Cafe, I planned on visiting the restaurant for my restaurant analysis, however, due to my dietary restrictions, I could not dine there.

The River Cafe offers a great selection of wine. What I enjoyed most looking over the wine list were the options for glass, half bottle, and full bottle. The prices, in my opinion, are reasonable. I say that because after learning about the grape varieties and regions, I somewhat understand the uniqueness of the wine groups. Prices ranged from $16 to over $2,000 dollars. I would love to taste a top-notch wine in my next lifetime. From what I heard, the wine is delicious and worth the price. Some students that visited the restaurant for their analysis said they even got a “little tipsy” from the wine.

Reading over Blue Ribbons wine selection, it is nowhere near comparable to the wine at The River Cafe. At Blue Ribbon, you have the option to “taste” the wine for a low price or you have the option to buy a glass of wine. The prices range from $13-$500. There’s a selection for sweet and fortified wines, wines group by region and valley.

If I had to choose between both lists, I would go with Blue Ribbon. Not because I tasted the wine before but because of the selections. There are not too many options compared to The River Cafe. Choosing a wine from The River Cafe, I would lose my marbles and it’s not because of the process. There are just too many wines for my brain and palate to process. Hopefully one day there will be a cure for my stomach condition and I would be able to enjoy several glasses of wine. Perferebbaly white wine. Prosecco to be exact.

Wine Analysis

Stephanie Udeji

Wine Analysis

New York City is known to be home to many renowned restaurants that have set the standard for food preparation and service all over the world. Being a melting pot of many cultures, most chefs plan their menus to incorporate all of the present cultures and flavors in New York City. Fine Dining restaurants offer diners the opportunity to have their meals paired with wines. Their extensive wine lists show their attention to detail and the thought put into each meal presented. Casual dining restaurants often offer more cocktails than wines. The wines offered typically are the most popular amongst diners.

Opened in 2005 by Joe and Linda Bastianich, Del Posto is a fine dining Italian restaurant that has been serving New Yorkers quality food. Located on 85 10th Ave, New York, New York the restaurant was awarded one Michelin star and is the only standing four star Italian restaurant in New York. The menu offers diners a prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner, that have many pasta dishes prepared in numerous ways. Blue Ribbon is a fast-casual restaurant by Bruce and Eric Bromberg, which was established in 1992. There are multiple locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. With different variations of their restaurant, Blue Ribbon offers diners classic American dishes and international cuisines like sushi.

Del Posto’s wine list is very extensive, with the type of wine and where it was produced. Their entire beverage menu is 241 pages long. It has a directory for white wine, red wine and champagne. Some of the bottles of wine are priced as high as $1000. Blue Ribbon’s wine list is 4 pages long and is organized by wines of all types, beer and at the bottom spirits. Their selection of red and white wine of extensive but is lacking in rose and sparkling wine. Being that I have dined at Blue Ribbon, their wine selection is in accordance with their menu which offers a decent selection of food.

Some of the differences between the two restaurants are that Del Posto’s wine list is far more developed and offers a wide range of wines and beverages and they are paired with the meals offered. In contrast, Blue Ribbon has a shorter wine list and they are not paired with menu items. Del Posto’s wine list is significantly longer than their menu which gives diners the opportunity to have their meals paired or they can opt to choose a wine of their choice. The format of the menu differs as well. Del Posto has formatted its beverage menu by listing all the type of one wine on one page. Blue Ribbon has all of its beverages listed in a small font with its prices listed on the side by glass and pint. The two wine lists are similar by listing the year and location of production. Both beverage lists are well organized with the prices for beverages based on glass, pint, liter, and half-liter.

After doing this research what I found was that the price a restaurant charges is dependent on the services given to their diners. Blue Ribbon being a fast-casual restaurant not much attention to detail was put into pairing meals with wines. Del Posto being a fine dining restaurant, they want to offer their diners an experience that not only includes delicious food but tasty wine to go along with their food. After this research, I an interested to going to Del Posto to have the entire experience that is being offered.

Wine Analysis

I always enjoy having a good wine paired with my meal when dining out. However a wine list may draw people crazy, so do I when I haven’t started studying wine. Two wine lists, from a fine-dining restaurant and a casual dining restaurant, will be analysed and compared in this essay.

The River Cafe is Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It offers a New American cuisine menu and stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. Roberta’s, has three locations in the city, also serves New American cuisine. It is famous for its oven baked pizza, topped with vegetables from their own rooftop garden. Both wine lists of the two restaurants can be found online.                          

There is a great selection in River Cafe. They listed every wine very clearly by separating the style, serving size and country, followed by the region. You can find champagne, sparkling, rose, Porto, Madeira, sherry, fortified, white and red wine. Wines are from France, Italy, North America, Germany, New York State, Austria, Spain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Greece. Glass of wine is priced from $15 to $120. Bottle of wine is priced from $44 to $8700. Roberta also serves great variety wines. The wine list is also arranged well by the style and country. You can find sparking, champagne, white, orange, rose and red. Wines are from France, Italy, America, Austria, Germany and Spain. Glass of wine is priced from $12 to $17. Bottle of wine is priced from $42 to $300.

Both wine lists provided a wide selection of wine from different places. In both lists, each wine listed is introduced by description of brand, grape variety, region, country and vintage. I observed two differences. On the left hand side on the River Cafe’s wine list, there is a number written before each wine listed but I didn’t see this happen on Roberta’s wine list. I am guessing the River Cafe really has a huge selection of wine or they rotate different wines frequently. Hence, a series of code numbers is created for better management. River Cafe also serves half bottle sparkling, white and red wine while Roberta’s doesn’t. I am not too sure how it works before. I searched it up and learnt that it is like a mini-bottle, 375mL, which looks like dessert wine. In the process of comparing two wine lists, the word “magnums” appealed a few times. I also searched it up and learnt that it means a size of 1.5L.  



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Wine List Analysis

Dennis Guzman

HMGT 2402 – E553 [24118]

Prof. Dragorn

Spring 2020


Wine List Analysis

Wine, by definition, is an alcoholic drink that is typically made using fermented grapes, in which it has a combination of fermentable sugars, high acidity, flavor, and liquid content, resulting in a complex beverage that plays an enormous role within the hospitality industry. As cost for beverages tends to be pricier than the cost of ingredients, and wine is made individually with countless variation in wine components, wine is a fascinating topic to learn and explore into, getting an idea and taste of the many wines that originate from various parts of the world. Wine is typically prevalent within the fine-dining restaurant business, where wine lists are provided as soon one enters the restaurant. However, one may not be too familiar with wines, without proper knowledge regarding the types of wines, it may be difficult to select which wine to pick alongside your meal at the restaurant. For this reason, I want to compare the wine list of various restaurants, and research on the wines individually to get a better view and understanding of the various wines that are more than just “red wines” and “white wines”.

Beginning at Café Boulud, a French fine-dining restaurant located at 20 East 76th street, Upper East Side in New York City that is owned and operated by a French celebrity chef and restaurateur, Daniel Boulud. This fine-dining restaurant will be compared to P.J Clarke’s, a casual-dining restaurant that strives to deliver “fresh food, frosty drinks and good, old-fashioned conversation”.

Café Boulud’s Prix Fixe Menu (as it was the only online menu shows their wines) lists their distinctive wines that are quite limited but simple, as “Sommelier Selections”, with their full wine list that is available adjacent to Café Boulud, Bar Pleiades. Prices can range from as low as $12, with the highest as $40. There are only 2 options that can be picked if one orders from the Prix Fixe menu. The options are: Domaine Estelle Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine, Loire 2016, and the Jean Francois Gras Côtes Du Rhône, Rhone 2016.

As for P.J Clarkes (more specifically, the Third Avenue location of New York City), the wine list (listed under “drinks” on the website) is very plentiful, straightforward, and organized by that the drinks are categorized, ranging from sparkling, both white and red wines, to beer beverages, compared to Café Boulud’s quite confusing wine list and options. P.J Clarke’s offer a selection of white and red wines ether “By The Glass” or “By The Bottle”. A first impression upon viewing the wine lists was that there is a plentiful amount of options for both red and white wines, alongside sparkling and rose beverages.

Comparing and contrasting Café Boulud’s wine list to P.J Clarke’s wine list, both lists are similar by that both are options for white and red wines, obviously. In addition, both wine lists have the full information on the wines by name, grape variety, origin, and vintage of the wines. However, how are both wine lists different from each other? For one, how the wines are categorized and organized. Café Boulud’s wine list (besides the wine list from Bar Pleiades, as they co-exist within The Surrey hotel) is simpler, but too limited in what specific red or white wine is available. Generally, it is quite confusing to know the full wine list without going to the wine list of Bar Pleiades. P.J Clarkes, on the other hand, is clearer towards the customer, and more organized as the types of beverages (including wine) are sorted by category, such as red wines being listed less than one category in the wine list.

In conclusion, wine beverages are very prevalent in the fine-dining restaurant scene, as there are many fascinating variations of wine that pairs well with select appetizers and entrees. From the grape variety, origin, and vintage, there are a vast amount of wines to taste for your dinner. However, without the proper knowledge regarding wines, one may be confused on how wine is categorized, how to tell if a wine is red or white, and what types of food pair well with said wine. In addition, how a wine list is presented to the customer is crucial to help the customer understand what wines are available to choose from and what type of wines are there. A long list or just a section of a menu, and what information is presented on the wine list is what makes a wine list a make-or-break towards newcomers to wine or wine-enthusiasts.


– Nickles, J. (2020). 2020 Certified Specialist of Wine Study Guide. Washington, DC: Society of Wine Educators .

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Wine List Analysis

Wan Ying Hu

The River cafe is a American fine dining restaurant located at 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 1120. It is known to have the most romantic setting in New York City. It is a Michelin-Starred restaurant. This restaurant is on top of a dock right beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with a breathtaking view overlooking the NYC skyline. When you’re dining inside the restaurant it seems as if you’re on a boat because the East ocean is right beneath you. There’s also live piano music played by Dom Salvador who have been playing there for 41 years. The River Cafe is owned by Michael O’Keeffe and was opened in 1977. At The River Cafe, they serve brunch, lunch and dinner at a fixed price. They also have a vegetarian menu for those who don’t eat meat. Olive Garden is American casual dining restaurant chain. It is a italian-American cuisine that was first started in 1982. The first restaurant was in Orlando Florida and spreaded all over the world to Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, UAE, Kuwait, Mexico, and Panama with a total of 892 restaurants. Olive garden is family friendly and offers kids meals and entertainment for them. 

The River Cafe’s wine list has many wines from all around the world like France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Greece, and the United states. The wines list from France comes from the major regions that produce wine like Loire, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, and Rhone and these are separated into different sections. The wines could be purchased as full size, half the bottle, ¼ bottle or by glass. The price varies depending on the grape variety, region and the vintage. Each category of the wines starts from most recent vintage to oldest. Olive Garden’s wine list is very simple, only offers 8 different types of wines 4 white and 4 red. Their wines are either from France, Italy or California. On their wine list it shows which paring goes well with different types of meats. The wine is sold in 6 oz glass, 9 oz quartino or a bottle. 

The most obvious significant difference is that The river cafe’s wine list is significantly longer and more detailed, versus Olive Gardens wine list is short and simple. Olive gardens wine list doesn’t show the vintage of the bottles versus The river cafe shows their vintage and the vintages can go all the way back to the late 19 hundreds. Some similarities are that both the restaurant wine list distinguish the sweeter wines to more robust and rich wines. After viewing both the wine list I learned that magnum means 1.5 liters. Someone who hasn’t studied wine will look at the The river cafes wine list and have no clue what to order unless they are on a budget.  I also learned that reading wine lists is hard to figure out which is what without being oenology. 





Wine List Analysis

Laura Fung

Wine List Analysis: The River Café and Charlie Bird

New York City has a variety of casual dining restaurants and fine dining restaurants. Many of these restaurants sell alcohol beverages ranging from wine, beer, and cocktails. In most cases, fine dining restaurants will have higher quality alcohol compared to casual dining restaurants. In this analysis, I will be comparing The River Café and Charlie Bird wine lists.

The River Café is an American fine dining restaurant located at the waterfront of Brooklyn. While eating at this restaurant, guests can see the beautiful views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Their menu has a Michelin star rating and it features American cuisine with innovative cooking techniques and styles. As for their wine list, it is very extensive ranging from wines from France, Italy, California, and other regions. The River Café offers their wine by the glass, half bottle, or full bottle. I noticed how their wine list is very organized and detailed. The wines are categorized by countries and separated into white, red, sparkling, fortified, and rose. For example, for the white wines in France, each section in the list is separated by appellations like Burgundy and Alsace. Each page clearly states the type of wine, vintage, grape variety, price, and region of the wine. I also noticed how in the beginning of the wine list, the wines stated are concise and short, but as you read further the list becomes more organized by location. An attribute to this wine list is being able to offer many different wines. However, a weakness to this list is not being able to know what wine to choose from because of the many wines. Many people who dine at The River Café may not know or understand the different wines listed and what to choose from.

Charlie Bird is a casual dining restaurant located in Soho serving a “Italian-inspired, American-executed menu”. Charlie Bird offers seasonal outdoor seating on a patio and a private dining room for special events or large groups. The wine list is limited to only one page and it lists sparkling, white, and red wines. First, it starts with wines by the glass. Each wine listed has the producer’s name, grape variety, country, vintage, and price. The sparkling, white, and red wines range from $15 to $20 for a glass and most of the wines are from France. I noticed that the sparkling and white wines are combined and separated from the red wine list. On the bottom of the wine list, it shows twelve bottles of wine to drink before 5 o’clock. This is a unique attribute to drawing the consumer’s attention to look at those bottles listed. Since it is a casual dining restaurant, there is not a lot of assortment for wine which may be considered a weakness to the restaurant. Depending on their guests, some may not look at the wine list, but look at the cocktails and beers because it is a casual restaurant.

The River Café’s and Charlie Bird’s wine lists can be similar and different in some aspects. One of the similarities I noticed was the information that is given for each wine. Both wine lists provide the viewer with the type of wine, vintage, price, and country concisely. It can be easily read on the list what kind of wine it is. Another similarity from both wine lists is that they offer wines by the glass, half bottle, and full bottle. This may be common for most restaurants, but specifically seeing this from a fine dining and casual dining restaurant is interesting. The main difference found from the wine lists is how The River Café’s list is wide-ranging while Charlie Bird’s list is limited. We can see a large variety of wines from almost all over the world offered at The River Café. At Charlie Bird, there is about 22 wines in total on their wine list. Another difference is how the wine lists are presented. Based on the online version of each restaurants wine list, the list for The River Café wines are categorized in an orderly manner depending on the country it is originated from. There is not much color and the design is simple. The list for Charlie Bird is bold and bright in yellow and is organized by type of wine and by glass or full bottle. Since River Café’s list is much longer in length, it is expected to have more organization than Charlie Bird’s. Lastly, the wines from The River Café’s list are most likely to be higher in quality because it is coming from a fine dining environment. The quality of the wine from Charlie Bird may not be the same standard as The River Café’s list.

Comparing two different restaurant’s wine lists gives an opportunity to see how wine lists are brought together and what is offered depending on the type of restaurant. Many observations can be made including the attributes and weaknesses of the wine lists. Being able to see these comparisons and differences can expand how we see wine lists in different restaurants now.


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Wine List Analysis

Christy Hemphill
Prof Goodlad
HMGT 2402


Wine – A fermented product of grapes. The typical grapes we consumers know about are our green grapes pitted or seedless and the same thing with our red grapes. Come to find out, there are a variety of 700 grapes and counting around the world and these grapes are specialized in the process of producing wines. Those grapes produce wines that are red, white, rose (pink) and sometimes orange. Some wines are cheap and some are very expensive depending on how it was processed, the vintage year, soils, and the aging of the wine. Customers drink wine for celebrations, some consumers do it for the cultures, pairing with a meal, and for relaxation. The famously known countries for making wine are in France and Italy and it is bottled, and sold around the world. Little do people know, there are wines made from Germany, Portugal, New Zealand, Africa, and Asia. I fell upon two restaurants with a wine line from almost every country.

The Blue Ribbon Brasserie is a casual, comfortable restaurant with many locations in the New York area such as Brooklyn, SoHo Manhattan, and Las Vegas. The Blue Ribbon Brasserie located in Brooklyn, Park Slope is a family-friendly version of Soho’s locations with a lively night twist. Their menu has a little bit of proteins, and meats, but it truly favored seafood as their main dish. With a menu such as there’s, I’m sure the consumer would like a glass or a bottle of wine for their meal. The wines list for Blue Ribbon Brasserie is fairly short; two pages to be exact. The wine list contains a full page of red wine, a full page of white wine with four options of rose. What I noticed about this establishment was that the majority of the wines they are selling was from Spain and Italy. The wine list showed the name of the grape, the grape’s region, along with the price per glass and per bottle. The wine list also had some wines from France, California, and Argentina.

Batard is a five-star modern European restaurant that’s located in Tribeca NY. Batard restaurant advertised their expensive list of 800 wines from around the world. The wine list contains 54 pages and within each page, it has an introduction of each wine from each country, with the region, year, and cru of the wine. Bartard wines has a page of bargain burgundy which is the top 20 wines of our burgundies that is priced for $80 or less. Rully Premier CRU ‘GRÉSIGNYG’ michel briday 2014 was one of the wines that was advertised for the price of $72 dollars. What I admire about Batard is that they have a background summary which explains the appellation control statement (AOC), a brief summary about the vineyard, posted pictures, and explained in depth the grape and the flavor of the wine. “The dense and flavorful AligotĂ© is not to be overlooked, nor is the Domaine’s reference-point Passetoutgrains, a deft and delicious blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, all from the village of Nuits”. (Page 4 Wine Selection). The wine list showed all the regions in Chablis, Champagne, Burgundy, Cote D’or, Beaujolais, and the list goes on. With Batard restaurant, it shows the importance in their wines and where it was produced in its country.

REFERENCES Web. Copyright 2019 Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Restaurants