(Closed) Is this a lot of money for one bottle of wine? (reception)

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wow that corkage fee is a doozy!

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have no idea whats typical but that seems REALLY expensive.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

That is about normal. The wine you buy at a restaurant is usually about 100% markup so you dont “See” the corkage fee, but its there.

Out here in Cali if you bring your own wine to a restaurant they will charge anywhere from $10-20 for corkage.

Post # 7
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow…If that is the norm, then I clearly don’t know very much about wineries’ wine.

Are you also having to pay a fee to rent the location?

I’m buying my own alcohol for a reception on private property.  I didn’t want to be totally cheap and get 3 buck chuck so I’m going for bottles that are in the $6-$10 range. 

Post # 8
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I could be wrong but at bars you either buy the bottle or supply your own and pay the corkage fee.  Basically the whole idea is to make money off of you either route.  I don’t think I’ve seen both charged though.  That’s very high, IMO.  Maybe try to pay what they pay at cost and then the corkage fee?

Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

@peanuthead: I am betting the cost of the bottle is normal retail cost (what one would pay at the liquor store) and not the cost of buying the bottle like you would at a restaurant.

For example,

Kenwood Chardonnay is about $10 retail, but at a restaurant its a lot more.

A Bevmo store $9.99 http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=froogle&ProductID=860

At this place its $28 a bottle http://www.antoninosrestaurant.net/wine-list.htm

So normally when you buy wine from an establishment its built into the cost. Her place is no different than any other except they are telling her what the markup will be.

EDIT: The corkage fee on their wine is going to pay for their staffing, utilities etc. Just like you pay a premium on food, not just the cost of it.

Post # 13
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That’s normal round here.

If I wanted outside wine they said the “surcharge” essentially the “cork” fee is 55% markup and that honestly is normal.

Post # 14
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m surprised that they’re charging you a corkage fee at a winery since they’re uncorking their own wine. I wonder if you could talk to them about getting that removed from the charges. It seems weird to me. I understand a corkage fee for a wine that you brought in, but at a venue that supplies it is ridiculous.

Post # 15
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We looked at a couple of vineyards, and it seemed pretty typical to have a corkage fee for outside wines (which I find understandable), but for their OWN?  That seems a bit odd to me.

Post # 16
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

wineries always charge an exorbitant corkage fee for outside wine to get you to buy their wine (if they let you bring in outside wine at all!)  it’s not normal for a regular wedding venue, but normal for a winery, yes.

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