Category Archives: No Corkage Fees

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.

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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.

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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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

CA Alcoholic Beverage Control does not regulate the imposition of corkage fees

Dear NoCorkageFees.com,

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (California) does not regulate the imposition of corkage fees. It is not mandatory to do so although it is a common practice with licensed restaurants. Licensees who decide to impose a corkage fee may set the amount of that fee. “BYOB” is the decision of the individual licensee and, in many cases, licensees do not permit patrons to bring in personal alcoholic beverages. Nothing in the ABC Act nor our business regulations require licensees to post their corkage fee policy or the amount of their fees.

Sincerely,
David K. Wright
CA ABC Trade Enforcement Unit