Originally published July 14, 2010, I thought this was worth sharing again!

Last week’s write-up about wine prices took an unusual, yet welcome, turn in the comment section on Snooth. While I was primarily discussing the cost of wine at retail, many who chimed in brought up the cost of wine in a restaurant. Having done my share of time in restaurants, I thought this would be a great follow-up, so away we go.

Wine pricing in restaurants is often mysterious, and sometimes insulting – so what’s a wine geek to do? Try BYOB, of course! Some restaurants allow you to bring wine at no cost, but many others charge what is known as corkage.

Corkage is sometimes a difficult game to play even though it seems to be pretty simple. The customer is granted the privilege, and it really is a privilege, to bring his or her own wine to be enjoyed at a restaurant and in return the restaurateur is paid a fee, essentially for the use of glassware, dishwashing, and lost income. Sounds simple right?  Well, not always.