What You Might Not Know About Corkage Fees

Katie Sweeney

Recently, a girlfriend came to me with a restaurant-related dilemma. She and her husband dined at an expensive and celebrated restaurant to enjoy their anniversary. They’re huge wine collectors and decided to bring a special bottle from their cellar to make the experience that much more memorable. They didn’t care about paying a corkage fee. In case you don’t know, a corkage fee is what a restaurant charges to open and serve a bottle of your wine from home. When the couple got to the restaurant, the sommelier refused to open the bottle of wine they had brought with them. “What gives?” she asked me. I realized I didn’t know that much about traditional corkage fees, so I investigated. Read on to see what I found out.

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