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

Examples of corkage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sao Lao touts a popular BYOB policy too, allowing guests to bring their own beer or pop their own bottles of wine with a $5 corkage fee. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 27 June 2022 With a popular pre-set lunch menu and equally loved BYOB policy with no corkage fee, the restaurant is abuzz with activity from open to close. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 22 Mar. 2022 For $60 per person, guests receive complimentary wine tastings at participating wineries, complimentary corkage at participating restaurants and discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas, and shops. San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 Napa Valley’s French Laundry charges a $150 corkage fee just for the privilege of bringing in your own wine into the eatery. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Fiola might disappoint wine collectors with its policy of no corkage (i.e. no wine can be brought in from outside). Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 All-Purpose Pizza charges a $25 corkage fee per bottle — and has no limit on the number. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 That’s lower than the corkage fee at many other similar models throughout the Bay Area, which are typically closer to $15 or $20. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 The restaurant or bar can also charge a corkage fee for this service — but is not required to do so. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of corkage

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corkage was in 1838

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1 Jul 2022

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“Corkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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