For folks dining in, the wine list holds several great choices for quenching some of the spicy burn. The La Poema Cava ($8.75 glass, $4.25 at happy hour, $29 bottle) has tongue-tickling bubbles and refreshing acidity that will work well in tandem with the southern-fried chicken. Any restaurant that serves Sancerre by the glass is all right by me, and Max's has the lightly grapefruity Langlois Chateau Sancerre for $11.75 a glass or $45 a bottle. I'll be there at happy hour when the glass price drops to $5.50. And there are currently three wines sold by the bottle not to be missed, both for flavor and because they are priced very close to retail: Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc ($29), Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Red ($39), and Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Champagne ($74).
If there are any high rollers left out there shopping for premium wines, Max's offers an interesting option in which you pay for a case of more expensive wine and Max's gives you a second case of an almost equally rare and valuable wine for free. The wine program at Max's is worth watching. It offers creative and thrifty options and is trying several new ideas, all of which spell savings for the careful consumer.
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