There ought to be two lists labelled as such in restaurants:
EXPENSE ACCOUNT WINES
WINES FOR THE REST OF US
Many restaurants offer extensive lists of good wines under $30 while others tend to focus on the high-end bottles almost exclusively. It’s not a matter of the restaurant being pricey either: At any number of three-star Michelin restaurants, you can pick up a decent bottle for as little as $28. It’s more a matter of disrespect for the customer, implicitly so, and perhaps incompetence on the part of the sommelier, and simply a matter of They Don’t Care. But any really good restaurant will have a loyal, regular clientele that, no matter how deep their pockets, doesn’t want to drop big bucks on wine each time they dine out.