Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Do you order wines at restaurants? 

I’m asking because unfortunately wines are some of the most expensive items in restaurants. Restaurants do this on purpose so that they can offer their a food at a better/ lower price for you.  I can’t tell you how many times I went to a restaurant and looked at a wine list and I couldn’t believe my eyes! The same wine that costs $10 in the wine store is offered for $40 at a restaurant, I don’t like this one bit. Especially since in my country (Argentina) and in some European countries I have visited, a bottle of wine was included with my meal and I didn’t pay a million dollars there either.

So, unless it is like a super important occasion (birthday or anniversary) La Wina avoids these type of restaurants and choose to give her business to those that allow BYOB (bring your own bottle/ booze) or places where for a small fee (corkage fee) I’m allowed to drink my own wine/ beer. In these cases I will bring something really fancy. Like a nice bottle of Burgundy that costs $50 in a wine store, why should I pay the same to drink plonk from a wine list?

So, here are some restaurants that allow you to do BYOB in NY, hoping you will try these soon! Know that I don’t endorse any restaurant in particular, this is just a list provided by Open Table, and some of them have corkage fees of $30, which I will not pay. Just wanted you to be aware of your choices out there and when in doubt buy take out and have your meal at home with your favorite bottle, now that sounds like a plan, wouldn't you agree?

3 wine recommendations from my visit to Oregon Wine Trail Tasting in NYC. 
King Estate Pinot Gris 2017 $19
Erath Winery Pinot Noir 2016 $19
Knudsen Pinot Noir 2016 $55