I have also been told by our waiter that if you brought wine that they have on board, they would not charge for the corkage fee because you could have received the wine in a gift basket.
So it does seem that the corkage fee may be at the waiter's or Maitre'd discretion. But I'm with Dave, that would definitely put him at the receiving end of an empty tip envelope if I brought in a special wine and they charged me a fee if they really didn't have to.
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Well, I am going to be taking a very special bottle of wine this time. It is for a special occasion. If they try to charge me a corkage fee, I am going to politely ask for the ticket and strike through the charge and initial it.
If they want to un-cork it and serve it, then a tip would be in order. I ain't paying no corkage fees.
Originally posted by avenger:
I know this is a silly question but can't you just bring your own cork screw and do it yourself?
Don't do that! lol Just bring a bottle of your favorite Australian wine since most of them are going to a screw-off top anyway. One of my favorite wines to enjoy with lobster or oysters is a California white wine called Conundrum. The 2001 vintage is awesome. Although, in 2003 they switched to a screw-off top. Before I realized that, I had already preordered 3 cases of it. Then I was too embarassed to carry it to a restaurant.