We're going to a new Patina restaurant next weekend and as a promotion, they allow you to bring wine w'out charging corkage. My husband was hesitant - not wanting to seem penny-pinching, but I figure why not take advantage of this chance to drink better wine than we would order off a wine list?
Common sense dictates we wouldn't bring $12 everyday wine. Could I get some advice please about how crazy we need to get w/the wine we bring so as not to insult the sommelier? Also, any tips on how to most graciously do this? I assume I'd bring the wine discreetly in my NYBuilt wine bag. If we're not paying corkage, is there any extra tipping we need to do? If so, how much and to whom? Thanks!