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How high should a corkage fee be? (split from San Francisco board)

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How high should a corkage fee be? (split from San Francisco board)

Kathleen M | Feb 19, 2009 02:20 PM

I haven't been to Slanted Door, so can't comment on the relative merits of the food. But just a general comment: the phenomenom of "corkage" is a relatively new one, and I think (tho not sure) it began in the Northern California wine country. We have come to think that we are entitled to bring our own wines to dinner and that corkage should be a minimal charge. However, restaurants are not obligated to even offer corkage. It's a courtesy that more and more restaurants extend, but it's not a right. I agree, $35 is high, I'm not trying to assert that it isn't, I'm just saying that corkage should be treated as a courtesy. I don't think we should be trying to "stick it" to a restaurant because the corkage is high. Instead, we should just drink wine from their wine list when we dine there. Of course, if you have a special bottle that is not on the list that would be perfect with the meal, you may want to bring it, but in that case I would always call the restaurant or check the website to see if corkage if even offered (yes, I know it almost always is in the bay area) and if so, how much does it cost. Then use this information to decide where you will eat, and where you will drink that special bottle.

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