Corkage fee at retail shop/winebar


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Corkage fee at retail shop/winebar

Midlife | | Mar 29, 2008 10:53 AM

I'm interested in knowing the view of posters here about whether or not it is reasonable for a wine shop to charge a small corkage (say $5) for bottles bought in the shop and consumed at the shop's wine bar. Many local wine shops now have rather active 'wine bars' in them. They feature wine flights as well as a short wine list of tasting pours usually for much less cost than a similar quanitity of wine at any restaurant or traditional wine bar. Many also serve a menu of cheese pairings, small sandwiches and other appetizer items.

For the shop there is a greater profit percentage in the pours and the food than there is in the bottles at retail price. Pour prices I find are generally based on a 1.5 times multiple of the retail price of the volume of wine. A customer who buys a bottle to 'taste' pour-by-pour gets the same level of service and attention as someone doing a flight or pours or glasses but the shop is making only the profit on the bottle and doesn't get the multiple on it without a corkage charge.

In your experience AND in your opinion is a wine shop with a wine bar in it somehow different from a 'regular wine bar' or restaurant in regard to this subject? What issues do you see in this situation?

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