I go to C&J every time i am in town, usually twice a year. Went last night, terrific bone in Ribeye, excellent service. The one issue i have with C&J is availability of wines vs what they advertise on their wine list. As has happened in my previous visits, I ordered a bottle off the list, sommelier disappears comes back and says " we just sold the last bottle." Ok fine, i order another bottle, this time a Napa Cab 2007. He disappears again, comes back minutes later, presents the bottle. It is a 2008 not a 2007, a less desirable vintage. He does not say we do not have the 2007, but simply puts forth the 2008 hoping i don't notice or care. Same experience as my previous visits.
Ruby's boasts on its website that they are one of six Ohio restaurants to receive Wine Spectators Award of excellence for their wine selection. See WS August 2014 issue. WS rates restaurants on wine price mark up amongst other things. Ruby's is rated as "Expensive" and patrons cannot bring wine in for a corkage fee. My point for bringing this up is that if you can't bring your own wine and wine mark ups are high, they should at least have available what they advertise on their wine list.
One last point. As many of you wine drinkers know, the wine glass makes a big difference. For being an upmarket restaurant with an expensive wine list, Ruby's wine glasses are of low quality. One would think for what they charge for wine, they could afford to offer Riedel glasses.
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