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Thoughts on corkage around the country

lax2mia | Jan 18, 200807:49 AM

A recent article in Food and Wine got me thinking about this. When is it appropriate to bring your own wine to a restuarant? What is a fair corkage fee and what are the rules at different restaurants? Is it becoming more common for diners to bring their own bottles?

In my playground of Miami we, along with Las Vegas, have some of the highest markups on wines in country at our restaurants. No surprise since tourism is by far the largest industry here (wonder what prices are like in Honolulu?). Wine lists are usually pretty mediocre also, probably to give tourists familiar pickings.

A recent quick survey of corkage fees at similar-type restaurants ranged from $15 to $36 to not allowed. The lowest I've found is $10, but that's at a tapas bar where you must buy the wine from their adjoining market.

I'm curious to see what people think in other parts of the country on this. Do you only bring wine on special occassions? Would you bring a bottle to your go-to restaurant?

Here's the F&W article for reference.


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