The really funny part? That Cleese’s 42-year-old bit is still sadly accurate when it comes to restaurant wine service
A waiter opening wine by holding the bottle between his thighs? Yep, have had that happen. A waiter unable to use a corkscrew to open the bottle? Yep, have had that happen. A waiter arguing about whether the wine was flawed? Yep, have had that happen.
This scene, from the Hotel Inspectors episode of Fawlty Towers’ first season in 1975, is as relevant today as it was then. And, in his comic genius, John Cleese may know why so many us have given up on restaurant wine in the second decade of the 21st century. Not only does it cost too much, but too many restaurants still don’t care one way or another about wine service.
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