Ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant can cost up to six times as much as the same bottle at home. It’s an unfortunate fact, but it doesn’t have to keep you from going out.
Saturday, Feb. 27, is Open That Bottle Night, a national campaign urging people to go ahead and enjoy the bottle they’ve saved for a special occasion. In honor of the event, many restaurants throughout Atlanta will waive their corkage fees. When that day is over, there are still numerous restaurants where you’ll save a fortune by bringing your own bottle and paying either a small to moderate fee, or no fee at all.
At Woodfire Grill, patrons can pay $20 for a corkage fee. While that may sound steep, consider that they could bring a $40 bottle of wine that would cost $120 at the restaurant. There is no corkage fee for bottles bought at Woodfire.
“The vast majority of those who [pay the corkage fee] are collectors who bring their own bottles to celebrate a special occasion,” said Nicolas Quinones, part-owner and director of the wine program. “It is not a bad alternative.”
According to a CNNMoney.com report, prices for higher end wines are often doubled at restaurants and cheaper bottles may be three times more expensive. Wine by the glass can even be quadrupled to ensure the restaurant will still make money in the event it does not sell the entire bottle.
The no corkage fees apply to high-end and middle of the road eateries, from pizza joints to family dining spots. J.Alexander’s in Norcross, for instance, never charges a fee. Neither does Marlow’s Tavern.
“It’s welcomed, even though it’s not prevalent,” said Steve Nahey, general manager of the Alpharetta location. “Once people see that we do it, they’ll begin to think about it.”
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