We know a lot of sommeliers would try to upsell their mothers to boost check average. To neutralize potential unwanted solicitation, offer a price range you’re comfortable with when you ask for a wine recommendation. This should avoid the inevitable offense when you are steered toward options that are inappropriate to your budget. (ie. “Can you suggest a Tuscan red under $75, preferably not too polished or oaky?”) Though it’s possible they may still try to push your price boundaries, most sommeliers will be relieved to avoid the awkwardness of trying to blindly ascertain how much you’re comfortable spending.