Some restaurant groups still charge wine producers a fee to list their wine labels on their wine list , according to a WineMag article.
The controversial practice is anti-competitive at least and illegal at worst, says international wine expert Michael Fridjhon.
The bottom line that the restaurant surrenders control of its wine list to someone that buys his way on.— Michael Fridjhon, liquor industry authority
It means that consumers don't have the choice their expecting to have.— Michael Fridjhon, liquor industry authority
Fridjhon say wine listing fees undermine the wine industry and add to the financial strain faced by the sector.
Celeb chef and restaurateur Pete Goffe-Wood says he has never charged a wine listing fee and believes the practice is abhorrent.
It's a case of whoever coughs up the bucks, will get on the list... It's a terrible practice.— Pete Goffe-Wood, celebrity chef and restaurateur
Goffe-Wood says wine lists chip away at the integrity of the industry.
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