Bringing Wine to a Restaurant

Last year, liquor laws in British Columbia were changed allowing consumers to bring their own wine to restaurants. It's great news for visitors to B.C. wine country because now they can pick wine up on their travels and drink it with an impeccably prepared meal where it will truly shine.

But there are things you should know before you go:

~ Restaurant participation is voluntary, so call in advance to make sure the establishment allows it.
~ Expect a corkage fee. BYOB isn't about saving you money. It's about further enhancing the dining experience, such as bringing in a special or aged bottle of wine to celebrate a milestone or occasion. The fee will vary wildly as restaurants are permitted to set their own rate. It can be as little as $10 at one location and as much as $65 at another.
~ Expect to pay extra for large format bottles - You won't beat the system by bringing a jug, box or large format bottle.  You'll likely be charged based on total volume.
~ Offer a taste to the server or sommelier - It's the polite thing to do and knowledgeable staff will be able to make recommendations based on the wine.