Is it considered bad etiquette to bring my own wine glasses to a restaurant? I always get annoyed when I am paying good money for wine and then am forced to drink it out of glasses that do not allow the wine to show at its best.
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If the restaurant is a BYO, and I don't know the quality of their glasses, I will bring my own with me. It is not in bad etiquette at any establishment I've done this. If in doubt at all, there is no harm in inquiring, surely. You're correct. You should be allowed to drink you purchased wine from anything you wish.
I have taken glasses to both restaurants and to friends homes. I have asked the host of the party if they minded that I brought my own glasses, and no one really seems to care. They know I am a wine freak, and take the drinking of wine seriously, so they sort of expect the unexpected. As for reastaurants, I would be surprised it the wiater, wine guy, or host said anything to you for bringing your own stems. They may think you are a bit odd, but everyone seems to get over it after about 5-10 minutes. I just make an announcement, telling the hostess or host and the waiter that I have my own stemware and wine, and they say, "no problem, would you like me to open you wine now, or later." The first few times, I felt a little awkward, but now it's no big deal.
I have never brought stemware to a restaurant.

I have eaten dinner with others who have, and I certainly appreciate drinking wine out of the nice stems rather than the clunky restaurant glasses. I understand why people bring their own stems, and I don't begrudge them that right.

That being said, I don't think I could ever bring stemware myself. There just seems to be something a little weird about it. I like to eat on fine bone china and with sterling silver utensils, should I bring them to a restaurant? Should I bring a dry-aged steak to Mortons and ask them to cook it instead of their wet-aged steak? I know that my point is a bit extreme, but for some reason I don't have a problem with bring a bottle of my own wine, but I do have a problem bringing stemware.

Maybe if I did, I would quickly get over my hang-up about it.
would it be right to bring your own dessert wine glass when you order by the glass?

my pet peeve is when a restaurant has decent stemware for dry reds but come sauternes or port time. They have this dinky thick rimmed glass that my snozz doesn't fit into leaving me with a sticky nose.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Rothko:
There just seems to be something a little weird about it.


Oh, I've been called a lot worse! Big Grin


Board-O, I know that you are a proponent for bringing your own stemware, and I have personally benefited from that, when we have eaten together. And certainly I do not mean anything negative about people who bring their own stems.

The weirdness exists only in my own mind.
I've never understood why anyone would hesitate about doing something because the staff might make comments about you in the back. As long as the restaurant allows then enjoy yourself. When in doubt about the policy, pick up a phone.
Ok, part two of this question should be:
If you bring your own stems and byob, how does this effect the restaurants corkage policy?
It's got to be a lot tougher for them to do their song and dance about washing and breakage. Can they still justify charging $25 for just opening it? That works out to about $5 a twist, and now you're talking relative MLB-size overpayment for services rendered.

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