The Etiquette of Corkage
Written By: Curt Christiansen | Issue:
Never has a term been more misunderstood than the use
A frightening number of people believe that corkage or corkage fee is a charge to remove the cork from an outside bottle of wine. Corkage is a fee to recoup the revenue lost to an outside bottle, four to five drinks or $35 to $50. For a restaurant that’s a
We all have special wines at home that we would like to enjoy on a night out. There are a few steps to make your experience, pleasant and hospitable.
Inquire ahead, many restaurants do not accept outside wine. In many cases they may not be legally permitted.
Etiquette dictates that you do not bring a wine that the restaurant already stocks.
When bringing an outside wine, leave it with the Maître d’ or
There is no universally fair corkage fee as they can vary widely. If it is above your comfort level you may want to enjoy your wine at another time or place.
Also, buying a wine from the list does not recoup the loss of revenue from the outside wine, so don’t expect to have the corkage waived.
The bottom line is that the only place you can drink for free is at home, a favorite place of mine to enjoy a special wine with friends.
Drink well, Curt