Restaurants reportedly skimp on poured wine amid high inflation and supply chain issues

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Inflation and supply chain shortages have impacted nearly every industry, from food to fuel. Now, getting buzzed is going to hurt your wallet a bit more as glasses of wine get more and more expensive, reports the New York Post.

According to the Post, a standard 25-ounce bottle of wine, which typically equates to a 6-ounce pour in a restaurant glass, has now changed to a 4-ounce pour, the Post reports.

A sommelier at an upscale New York restaurant told the Post he was instructed by management to pay less.

“I worked for Danny Meyer and we always gave 6 ounces,” the sommelier said. “When I got here I was quickly corrected and asked to pay only five.

Last year, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Michael Bilello predicted rising wine and spirits costs as businesses recovered from the economic devastation of the pandemic. of COVID-19.

“As the cost of business and the challenges of doing business impact the wine and spirits industry, consumers are going to see it on the shelves or in their bars and restaurants,” Bilello told FOX Business l ‘last year.

He cited a survey conducted last year by SipSource, 43% of suppliers and distributors said they expected an increase in the price of wine, and 48% said they expected a definite increase in the price of spirits.

The rising cost of consumer goods like wine goes hand in hand with other industries impacted by inflation.

A study by The Knot predicts that 2022 will be the busiest year for weddings since the 1980s. Coupled with the highest inflation in 40 years, the wedding industry must adapt.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, an airline chicken breast cost $5.22 a pound at Shully’s Cuisine and Events. Today it costs $7.69, a 47% increase.

“She’s just a holy cow,” said co-owner Scott Shully.

At Shully’s, most people book their event more than a year in advance. This means that if you booked last year in June 2021, the consumer price index has since risen by 9.1%. Inflation forces the caterer to negotiate with customers.

“It can be complicated. The best thing is we’re just being honest with people,” Shully said.

Shully said their prices aren’t final for 60 days and they work with customers to adjust menus to fit a couple’s budget.

“What’s your budget, and within that budget, we can and do things that will fit your budget,” he said.

FOX 6 contributed to the story.

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