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Corkage Fee Etiquette

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Paying a fee for bringing your own wine to a restaurant or eatery

What is a Corkage Fee? A corkage fee is charged by a restaurant to patrons bringing their own wines to a meal. The corkage fee is usually minimal and is considered a convenience charge to the restaurant for opening and serving wines from outside their … see full wiki

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  • Apr 25, 2009
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Since so much has been said about "Corkage Fees" and the etiquette surrounding the issue, I thought I would bring to your attention today some other voices of folks from around the web. Frankly, I don't think I could say it any better! Most of you know already, I am huge advocate of BYOB and now also BYOG! So in case you missed my "rant" from an earlier post about BYOB and the "corkage fee" issue, I am re-posting it here. Please feel free to sound off on this issue, as it's Friday and many folks will be scrambling off to their favorite restaurant tonight to escape the drudgery of another dinner at home!
What is a Corkage Fee? A corkage fee is charged by a restaurant to patrons bringing their own wines to a meal. The corkage fee is usually minimal and is considered a convenience charge to the restaurant for opening and serving wines from outside their cellar. The use of a corkage fee is widespread in many parts of the United States, especially in heavy wine producing areas such as Napa and Sonoma Counties. The corkage fee is not designed to be a penalty for the diner and should not be viewed that way.

I whole heartily believe in BYOB and bring on the "corkage fee"! I really am also contemplating in the future and my god I know this will sound pretentious as hell, but BYOG as well. Once you are comfortable with the practice it is relatively seamless! My wife just rolled her eye's at me, for the mere suggestion of BYOG and a carrying case! You know she's thinking, "someone stop him please, he is out of control!"

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April 27, 2009
Oh, yes- we've bought him the wine picnic backpacks but, I haven't heard of a wine purse. We'll have to look into that- he'd LOVE it!
 
April 27, 2009
Great story, love it! Kudos to your father! Another convert to the BYOG revolution! Be sure you get him a nice "wine purse" for his Birthday, so he can have the complete experience of BYOB and BYOG in style!
 
April 27, 2009
Hey Bill! My dad's a HUGE BYOB fan, so much so that when he was visiting me, I took him to a wonderful restaurant on Hermosa Pier with a great wine list. He forgot to buy his favorite bottle, so he jumped up from the table, ran across the pier to the liquor store and bought his Beujolais (sp?). He brought it into the restaurant and triumphantly asked the waiter about a corkage fee. I think that he'd be right in line with your BYOG revolution!
 
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