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Bringing wine for corkage

josephnl | Aug 21, 2011 12:00 PM

We live in California where state law permits bringing wine to restaurants for corkage. In fact, almost all restaurants in our area allow bringing wine in and corkage varies from free to as much as $50 per bottle. We visit wine regions in CA and OR at least twice a year and belong to several winery club programs. Therefore, we have a pretty nice wine collection at home. When we go out to dinner, we frequently bring wine for corkage. Our reasons for doing so are: a) we have many bottles of wine at home that we know we like, and b) it definitely is cheaper to bring our own wine and pay corkage. Herein lies our dilemma! There are a handful of restaurants that we go to repeatedly. At these restaurants, we are always treated extremely well...indeed like old friends. We sometimes are hesitant to bring wine to these restaurants, because we know that times are tough, and some of these restaurants are struggling due to the economy. But we are retired and too are struggling a bit...watching our 401k's drop because of the economy. Is is wrong for us to save money by bringing wine and thus deprive the restaurant of potential income by selling us wine? Interested to hear what other CH's think.

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