BYOW is said to be a key element in improving choice for consumers and businesses. Your server must be the one to open the wine and most if not all restaurants charge a corkage fee to open that wine - usual anywhere from $5 - $25. Some restaurants use a higher corkage fee to deter consumers from bringing their own wine and ordering off the wine list instead.
If you plan on taking advantage of a restaurant offering BYOW there are a few things to remember..
- - Don't bring homemade or fortified wines
- - If the restaurant employs a sommelier (wine steward) it is often considered appropriate and respectful to offer him a sip
- - Call ahead as some restaurants that offer BYOW may require you to bring your own cork screw and glasses if you want to use the service
- - Another reason to call ahead is that some restaurants will not allow a wine to be brought in that is already on their wine list
Source: bringmywine.ca, Ministry of Government Services, AGCO