A group of us excitedly gathered at Sager & Wilde this evening for what we hoped would be a lovely evening of by-the-glass champagnes, including some quite legendary vintages. The promo email promised by-the-glass pours of Mumm Lalou 79, Veuve Rose 79, Dom Ruinart 93, Bolly 82 and a very good selection of Selosse wines too. All from 6pm. Po and I dutifully turned up at just gone six to find none of the above on the wine list, instead we were informed by a waitress that the idea would be to open one of these special bottle at a time at some point in the evening and then see how things went. This was to try and give a good range of people a chance to sample some great wines. Neither of us quite got this as a concept but we thought let's give it a go. Cut to nearly 8pm in the evening and nothing had yet been opened. We had enjoyed a very good plate of pasta and a negroni (£10 for both - yum) and had enquired again (to no avail) to the waitress as to when we might see some of the wines we had come to taste. Again no real answer. All through this time the proprietor (Michael Sager) had been posing with the wines, as well as a few experts he had brought in to showcase them, behind the bar, sampling various bottles together and largely oblivious to the unsatiated punters just in front of him, despite several waitresses asking him when he might open some things. At this point one of the experts – Peter Liem – came over and chatted to us about the wines and he was generally very interesting and had some good things to say. He asked us what we wanted to taste and we let him know the Lalou and Dom Ruinart and he said sure, let me open those. So we watched as he went off, opened, tasted, shared with Michael Sager and some of the staff and then he disappeared to chat to another table. No wines were forthwith so I basically stopped a waitress and gave two barrel fulls of customer dissatisfaction. By this point the said wines had been stood on a counter for 20-25 minutes warming up and when they did arrive they were just at the temperature point you might want to drink them but quickly became too warm, and as delicious as they were, the main taste I felt was one of sour grapes at the total lack of interest in punters paying between £19-80 a glass. We left at around 9.45pm having seen most of the wines opened by then, though some were opened and then drunk without any notice given even after we had asked for a glass or two, and even when we left 3-4 wines were still not opened. Aside from the excellent company, the great pasta and a very fine Lalou this was a hugely annoying and disappointing event that merely served to highlight the unprofessional attitude of the staff, especially those in charge, and the indulgent interest in their twitter and instagram accounts over and against people actually there to taste the wines. After having a not too dissimilar experience at a recent Roulot event there, and also at a Judgement of Paris recreation, I for one am never going back.