Bringing your own bottle of wine to restaurants is now legal in many provinces and states, but what are the rules of engagement? I shared some tips on CBC radio this week on the etiquette of doing so, including the types of wines to bring, corkage fees and tipping. You can listen to that conversation below …

Top 5 tips for BYOB:

Call ahead to ask the restaurant if it offers the service and any parameters (ie a limit of one bottle, Monday nights only, etc)

Bring a bottle of wine that’s not already on the restaurant’s wine list.

Expect to pay a corkage fee of anywhere between $10 and $30, depending on the establishment, to open and serve your wine.

Offer your server or sommelier a small taste of the wine.

Tip as you would had you bought the bottle from the restaurant list.

Here are several other excellent articles on BYOB:

BYOB in BC Restaurants – Mari Kane

BYOB in San Francisco – East Bay Express

BYOB Etiquette – Wall Street Journal Smart Money