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 Sittnick said the restaurants’ $35 corkage policy will be waived through April to try to attract more customers. Roland Li,, "SF starts coronavirus aid fund with $1.5 million from Salesforce," 13 Mar. 2020 The corkage policy here is simple: $12 for first bottle, $11 for second, $10 for third and decreasing with each bottle. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Porta’Vino redefines the BYOB restaurant," 10 Mar. 2020 Caterers usually charge a flat corkage fee based on how many guests are attending the wedding, though some will charge per bottle. Daniel Bortz, New York Times, "Curbing Hidden Wedding Costs," 14 Mar. 2020 Monday, March 16: Customers can buy and drink a bottle of wine off the shelf with no corkage fee at The Wine Spot. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Mallorca Wine and Dine in the Dark, many tastings set in NE Ohio, more - wine calendar," 10 Mar. 2020 Monday, March 2: Customers can buy and drink a bottle of wine off the shelf with no corkage fee at The Wine Spot. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ohio City Pizzeria wine dinner, Jameson Whiskey dinner, Astoria Café event, more - wine calendar," 25 Feb. 2020 At Higher Gravity, guests can drink any of the beers on the shelves inside the bar for a small corkage fee or take it home with them. Briana Rice,, "Northside's Higher Gravity is heading to a Cincinnati suburb, bringing 400 beer selections and a beer cave," 24 Jan. 2020 These 21 Connecticut restaurants offer BYOB with no or low corkage fees., "Oct. 9, 2019: Never underestimate a good PowerPoint," 9 Oct. 2019 Eventually, guests will have the option of wine pairings (approximately $125) or BYO, the latter accompanied by a $35 corkage fee (a flat fee, not a per-bottle charge). Phil Vettel,, "Fine dining restaurant Claudia to open in West Loop after successful Kickstarter campaign," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of corkage

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Corkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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