Hello. We are having dinner at Alinea in a few weeks and I was curious about their corkage policy and views on their wine list. We're from California and have a pretty decent wine collection and we tend to bring our own bottle and more than happily pay the corkage fee (restaurant gets their profit and we get a nicer bottle of wine for less $$). Alinea has me stumped given their incredibly unique menu. What are some thoughts? I'm considering the following:
1) going with a wine pairing option if they have one
2) bring a pinot noir (medium red should go with alot) and then buy glasses of white or sparkling as appropriate for the dishes
3) if no wine pairing then view on their wine list in general versus bringing your own.
Also, I'm curious about how restaurants view on people bringing wine and paying the corkage fee. Our other dinners are Table 52, Province and Primehouse. In California it's pretty much the norm to bring your own and pay the corkage given everyone is obsessed with wine and has their own collection. Not sure if it's the same view in the Midwest.