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Is it Okay to Bring Your Own Wine into a Restaurant?

This is a followup on the last post on what to do when the server brings your wine to the table. Some people like to bring their own wine into a restaurant and it’s very common here in the San Francisco Bay Area. But it’s always best to call ahead and ask about the policy: 

Do you feel comfortable bringing wine into a restaurant? Do any of you restaurateurs want to weigh in on the subject? 

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Restaurant Wine Service

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Question from Mike: What am I supposed to do when the wine comes at a restaurant? I’m okay ordering it but I get really embarrassed when the waiter gives me the cork and all that.

Reply: Hi, Mike. I’ll be a lot of people will be really glad you wrote to ask. It can be a little intimidating.  

The most important thing to remember is that you’re the customer and the server really wants you to be happy so don’t worry about any potential faux pas. Here’s how it goes:

The server brings the wine to the person who ordered it and shows it to him/her. Go ahead and check the label to double check that you got what you ordered. 

The most common mistake is that the wrong vintage comes to the table. If so, you might ask your server if there’s a significant difference between the vintages. For myself, if the wine is from California or some other warm climate situation, I don’t worry too much about the vintage. If it’s European, the vintage can play a bigger role. Ask the server. If the restaurant’s any good at all, he’ll probably offer you a taste. If you do a lot of dining out you might download a vintage chart. Here’s one from Robert Parker. And one from Wine Spectator. Continue reading

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Ordering Wine at a Restaurant

Jason asked what to do about the wine order when everyone is eating something different. Here are some suggestions that have worked out well for me: 

What are your favorite restaurant wines? Got any additional tips? 

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