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RhonelyInsanediego | Dec 14, 2012 10:45 AM

So, as an admitted cork dork and modest wine collector for over 20 years, I've managed to accumulate some special bottles of wine, many with vintages from years that hold special meaning to me (i.e. my anniversary, my children's birth years, etc.). I also have a substantial amount of very small production wines (<100 cases produced). This is what I primarily, buy, drink, and enjoy.

For occasion meals out, I often want to enjoy one of my "special" and/or older vintage wines and like to bring a bottle or two. Most restaurants accommodate this, especially since I almost always give advance notice that I'm bringing special wine. Now, I would never, ever bring anything that the restaurant carries on their wine list (or even a different vintage), I always try to order some wine from the restaurant, even if it's a couple glasses of champagne, and I always offer a glass to the kitchen/server.

Some restaurants are definitely more amenable to this than others. I have found corkage fees ranging from $0 to $30. Recently I ate at a great restaurant in Hawaii (Cuatro) that had no wine list, but encouraged BYOB. It was overall a great experience. Phil's fish market in Moss Landing is also great about this. Well, this really got me to thinking about my wine/dine options in San Diego.

I know the Wine Cellar Brasserie encourages you to buy from their store and open in their restaurant, but this isn't exactly what I was looking for. Pacifica Del Mar has always accommodated me with special bottles and since I usually purchase a bottle, they have always waved the corkage.

What restaurants in San Diego have been found and sniffed out by the hounds that encourage BYOB or are especially friendly with regards to bringing in your own wines? Which ones aren't receptive to bringing wine at all?

I really appreciate hearing from all the knowledgeable people on this board. Thanks in advance for your replies,


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