It’s pretty easy to spend this much at the world’s high end tasting menu places these days, so that must be what the market bears.
My “protip” is to save money on wine. My new strategy is to tell the wine guy “How many oz, in aggregate, is the wine pairing?” answer: “usually about 24oz ( as much as 32oz)”. Me: “holy shit, that’ll blow my tastebuds out and get me drunk. Can you pour me only about 12 oz, whatever you think matches best?” “Ok, sure. How much do you want to pay?” “pour whatever you think is best out of the pairings, and suggest a price at the end, I’m sure it’ll be fine”. First, they start with larger pours, and I come back and say “no, really, I want only 12 oz. Seriously.” Then, they start really THINKING and not just following the program, they ask me how the wine is, what I’m liking, and really tailor the tasting. At the end, they come back and end up charging me about $100 for the $250 pairing menu, and I end up “happy” but not drunk-drunk. Win-win.
PLEASE i should shut up and not tell people this. If more people start doing it, it won’t be as cool. THey’ll just start offering half-pairings.
( I did this first at Chez TJ in Mt View. The wine guy there is very pleasant, and was happy to oblige - but it’s worked everywhere else I’ve had a large tasting menu since then. )