“Asparagus for two and tell the chef to choose them himself. Now what would you like to drink? What do you say to a bottle of hock? We rather fancy our hock here.”
When I agreed to this he told the waiter to call the wine steward. I could not but admire the authoritative and yet perfectly polite manner in which he gave his orders. You felt that thus would a well-bred king send for one of his field marshals. The wine steward, portly in black, with the silver chain of his office round his neck, bustled in with the wine list in his hand. Roy nodded to him with curt familiarity.
From Cakes and Ale, by W. Somerset Maugham
The wine called in German Hochheimer, produced at Hochheim on the Main; hence, commercially extended to other white German wines.
[shortened from Hockamore, or Hochheimer]