Corkage fees have sometimes been a source of problems between wine-lovers and restaurant owners. Basically, corkage fees are fees that you are charged with when you decide to bring your own bottle of wine to the restaurant. This may seem strange to some people who wonder why would someone bring own wine to the restaurant at all. The main point behind this is that there are some people that own a bottle or two of some nice wines that they want to drink in combination with delicious food. They also want to enjoy the ambiance of a restaurant setting. Not everyone can prepare great food at home, so there are many passionate wine lovers and restaurant-goers who like to take their own wine to the restaurant.
Corkage fee is charged per bottle, but not all restaurants allow bringing your own wine to their places. The reason why corkage fees are charged is because they serve to cover the restaurant service, rental of glasses and possible breakage of a wine glass, and to cover some of the lost profits from not buying the wine that is on the restaurant`s list. Many of the restaurants are charging between ten and twenty dollars per bottle as corkage fee, but there are some high-end restaurants that can charge up to eighty dollars per bottle. High corkage fees are usually set when the restaurants want to discourage people from bringing their own wine and to order something from their wines list. A thing to have in mind is to always ask to check the wine list in order to make sure that the wine you have brought with you is not already on the restaurant`s wine list.
There are also some restaurants that offer buying one bottle of their list and getting one corkage fee waived. There are also some days when there is no corkage fee at all, but all of this is different from one restaurant to another. Some restaurants are also setting limits, like bringing up to two bottles with you.
There are a few things that you should have in mind regarding this matter. One rule to follow is to never bring that type of wine that you can find on the restaurant's wine list. Another rule is to never bring a wine that you can find in a grocery store or some very cheap wine. The main idea behind taking your own wine to the restaurant is to bring some special wine that is rarely found in restaurants. If you have brought a bottle of special wine with you, then a good etiquette is to share the taste of that wine with some person that works for the restaurant, like its manager or sommelier. This is not required, but you can offer it as a good manner. When it comes to what is considered to be special wine, there are no set parameters. In general, special wine is a wine that is older, more expensive, or unusual wine that is not widely available.