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Weekly Corkage Deals and Alerts on Yelp! San Francisco and more…

Did you know the average industry markup on wine is two and a half to three times its wholesale cost? Crazy right?! This week we take a look at restaurants in San Francisco that have special nights during the week where you can uncork that bottle free of charge!

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Weekly Corkage Deals on Yelp! for San Francisco and beyond…

Ordinaire in Oakland a shrine to natural wine | SFGate

The wine is cloudy in the glass, a kind of pale-golden milk, wafting a cowshed’s worth of organic-matter aromas: wet earth, animal hide, sweet-smelling hay. When I taste it, its acidity sears. A tangy bacterial thing (see also: kombucha; sour beer) makes my mouth pucker, and among its pretty floral flavors there emerges a more pungent biotic note, reminiscent of cannabis.

http://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/ [LINK]

 

Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle Ordinaire owner Bradford Taylor (left) pours at the Oakland wine bar, which has an extensive selection of natural wines — unfiltered, idiosyncratic and a bit funky.

7 ways to make your BYO wine experience better

It’s 2016 — everyone knows what DIY and IMO stand for. What’s more American than self-reliance and opinion-spewing? A BYO restaurant offers an opportunity for the former — it supplies the food, and you bring your wine. And for anyone lucky enough to live near such an earthly paradise but not clear on the finer points of BYO’ing, allow me to weigh in with these seven suggestions. Please don’t stop buying wine in restaurants, but when you choose to BYO, do it like you mean it.

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Find coupons for wine corkage: Corkpons

A website that maps restaurants that offer wine corkage for a fee, or sometimes — though rarely — for nothing, has a new thing going. It’s called Corkpon, or a coupon for corkage.

Corkpons, as explained by CorkageFeed, are created by restaurateurs and bar owners as a way to attract customers. To find Corkpons and corkage information at restaurants near you, go to CorkageFeed.com and plug in your ZIP Code, the restaurant name or the city. If a restaurant is featuring a Corkpon, you’ll see a “Corkpon offer” button on the listing. Redeem the offer by printing it or showing it to your waiter on your smartphone.

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A Taste of Monterey

A Taste of Monterey is an interesting and unique wine shop, tasting room and bistro, as well as, a promoter of No Corkage Fees! Any local wine that is purchased a A Taste of Monterey can be taken to anyone of several local Monterey Restaurants and no corkage fee will be charged. We think this a great idea to promote local wineries and local restaurants at the same time and we hope this is a concept that will catch in more areas over time.

The Etiquette Of Navigating A Corkage Fee

While most good restaurants allow diners to bring their own wine, some don’t, so the first step in deciding whether or not to bring your own bottle is to call ahead and ask if it’s allowed. We usually ask when we make the initial reservation or when we confirm that reservation on the day for which it was set. Simply ask the maître d’ what the restaurant’s corkage policy is, and then whether or not they have a fee.  VinePair.com