A poll of diners has shown that more than half think front of house staff in both restaurants and bars are not knowledgeable enough about their wine list.

The survey, by HospitalityGEM and Veraison, found that 57% cited a recommendation from waiting staff as encouraging them to be more adventurous with their wine choice.

A total of 42% said they would be more inclined to buy a bottle of wine if a front of house team member recommended it.

The poll shows the most common reason to choose a bottle of wine is whether it is a recognisable brand, grape or region (45%), followed by it being a match for the food they have chosen (22%).

Clara Rubin of Veraison, says: “With 64% of diners choosing wine over any other beverage to accompany their meal, it’s worrying how prevalent the lack of knowledge is amongst front of house staff.”

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