Affordable Wine When Dining Out?
Everybody loves to go out to a great restaurant for dinner, whether
to avoid cooking a meal at home, or to celebrate a special occasion.
According to custom, people like to celebrate with a good bottle
of wine. If you go out a lot, you probably know a number of restaurants
which serve excellent food, and also have a great wine list with
Many of us
will recall the time when the standard mark-up for a bottle of wine
was double the retail price. Unfortunately, a lot of restaurants
now not only have very high dinner prices, but their wines also
are very expensive. Most charge three to four times the retail price.
And we know that they are getting it for wholesale. Fortunately,
there are still restaurants that donít engage in such price gouging.
actually can do a few things to retaliate against those outrageous
wine prices. Simply do not go to restaurants which have high mark-ups
on wine. But be sure that you let them know. If you frequent a restaurant
with high wine prices, donít order a bottle. Just order a glass
of their open wines. Unfortunately, ordering wine by the glass is
not automatically more reasonably priced. We have seen restaurants
charging $6 for a glass of wine that one can purchase for $8 per
bottle. Thatís shameless, considering that the restaurant can pour
five(!) glasses from one bottle. The other option is to order a
glass of house wine for a more reasonable price. Of course there
is no guarantee that it will be drinkable.
If the restaurateur
were smart, he would accommodate his customers by lowering wine
prices. By so doing, they would get all the business they could
handle, and everybody would be happy.
There is, however,
an alternative to paying high wine prices. Select restaurants let
you bring in your own special bottle of wine, preferably one that
is not on their wine list. For a fee, called "corkage"
charge, which ranges from $5 to "the sky is the limit,"
depending on how much the restaurant wants to discourage the practice,
they will provide the wine glasses, the wine bucket, if needed,
and will open the wine for you.