With much of daily life disrupted by the coronavirus, there could be a silver lining – it’s a great time to be a wine lover.
Premier Savannah restaurants are offering deep discounts on some of their best wines to accompany curbside service and take-out menus. From delicious Californian wines to fine-aged European varietals, it’s open season on the wine cellars on some of the city’s finest eateries.
“It’s a tremendous deal, like you are buying them wholesale,” says Erik Duncan, Managing Director of Chart House. “You’re getting these wines cheaper than you would anywhere else.”
Of the more than 250 wines the restaurant carries, any wines regularly priced $150 and lower are now being sold half price, with no limit to how many customers can purchase.
The idea behind the sale is to offer premium wines at marked-down prices, enticing diners to also order steaks and chops to accompany their meal, restaurant staff say. By offering deep discounts on wine, they hope to bring more business through the door at a time when the restaurant industry has seen a sharp downturn.
“If people come in to get a tremendous wine at a great value, they might also buy a filet, or New York strip or macadamia-crusted Mahi,” Duncan shared.
“Even if we break even on the wine…we can hopefully increase sales on meat,” he added.
Duncan recommends the 2012 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja, aged for six years, featuring deep red flavor and a velvet and silky finish. The wine was originally priced at $75 and now goes for $37.50.
There’s also a 2017 Inkblot Petit Verdot, a dark and intense red, normally priced for $71, now marked down to $35. Or try a 2014 Meursault Chardonnay, regularly priced for $51 and now just $25.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is known for their thick, chop steaks and fine American Cabernet Sauvignons with a wine list featuring more than 500 bottles. The restaurant is currently featuring 50 percent off for its wines regularly-priced $175 and lower.
Beverage Director Lucian Bone recommends the deep red notes of the signature 2015 Chappellet Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, originally priced at $110 a bottle and now available for $55.
Likewise, Bone says the lush fruit taste of the 2018 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon pairs excellently with a thick ribeye steak, now priced at $79 down from $158.
“It’s always a good time to be a wine lover, but there are some really great deals out there right now,” Bone says.
“And with everybody having to self-quarantine and social distance, it doesn’t mean you can’t open a bottle of wine and share a glass with loved ones on the phone or a Zoom meeting,” he shared.
Many Savannah restaurants offering discounts on fine wines feature a list online. Visit your favorite establishment’s website for more details or call ahead. Many orders can be placed on food apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub, and orders are available for curb-side pickup.
And while Savannah continues to adjust to the new normal of living with the coronavirus, it can be a win-win situation for oenophiles – finding premium wines at discount prices while supporting local restaurants.