Kris Blondin of Vin Grotto wine bar asked a question in The You Plate Special that I'd like to highlight for discussion:
What are folks thoughts on a corking fee? Do you understand what it is? I struggle with folks over this issue quite a bit.
I am in favor of reasonable corkage fees. If you bring your own bottle of wine, someone has to open it, glasses must be set out and the glasses must be washed.
What's reasonable? I'm talking out of my left ear here, but what about the same price per person as an establishment's least expensive wine by the glass?
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What is your corkage fee, Vin Grotto? What kind of guff do you get?
Who brings their own wine to a wine bar? That's like taking your own beer to The Swiss.