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Corkage fee helps put a cap on wine expenses
Corkage fee helps put a cap on wine expenses

One of the greatest sources of friction between restaurateurs and their wine-loving customers is the corkage fee — what they charge when you bring in a bottle of your own wine. Wine lovers, who are aware of how much restaurants mark up wine above retail, can find prices on wine lists a jolt to the wallet. On the other hand, restaurateurs who have invested in hiring a sommelier and have spent considerable time and money putting together a serious list can view bringing wine in as a slight to their professionalism. GUIDE: A look at corkage fees at L.A. restaurants Why bring wine to a restaurant at all? You may have a bottle or two you want to drink with great food that would show...

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