cork·​age | \ ˈkȯr-kij How to pronounce corkage (audio) \

Definition of corkage

: a charge (as by a restaurant) for opening a bottle of wine bought elsewhere

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Since opening in 2017, the restaurant’s bottle inventory has increased by hundreds, while the shop—from which guests can buy something to enjoy mealside for a small corkage fee—has added almost as many options. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Bay Area’s best restaurants ‘where wine is celebrated’," 13 June 2019 Grab a bottle to take home or, with a corkage fee, enjoy it at the shop. Sunset Staff, Sunset, "Drink Rum, Go Raft-Camping, and 9 More Things to See & Do This Week," 22 Jan. 2018 Or grab a bottle of wine to drink (no corkage fee!) while waiting to be called into Rich Table, just next door. Soleil Ho,, "The most beloved Asian-owned restaurants in the Bay serve burgers, doughnuts and pizza," 10 June 2019 On Wine Wednesdays, the corkage fee is waived for bottles purchased and consumed onsite from the restaurant’s menu or in-house wine shop. Pam Kragen,, "Casa Rústica restaurant opens in Carmel Valley," 3 July 2018 Open every day: Sunday to Thursday, from noon to midnight, and Friday and Saturday, from noon to 1:00 a.m. A $3 corkage fee is added to any bottle or can consumed on the premises. Bon Appetit, "Gold Star Beer Counter," 2 July 2018 Guests at the restaurants can bring in their own wine and are charged a $10 corkage fee. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Alive After Five offers music, beer and a place to give back," 2 June 2018 And serious oenophiles should take note: Canard's $30 corkage is waved for bottles 15 years or older. Michael Russell,, "Channeling Paris, Canard opens next door to Le Pigeon tonight," 16 Apr. 2018 Guests at Fork and ALAVITA can bring in their own wine to the restaurants and are charged a small $10 corkage fee. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Deadline nears to request a free recycled bike | Idaho Statesman," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of corkage

1838, in the meaning defined above

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