Hello fellow wine nerds and foodies!
I'm heading to the french laundry in April and finally decided that I want to bring wine from my own cellar (after looking at the prices on the wine list! Eek)

There are going to be 4 of us. I think I want to drink the following that night:
PNV Schramsberg J Schram Rose 1996,
Gypsy Canyon Pinot Noir Lot 2 2006,
SQN 17th Nail in My Cranium Syrah 2005


Is it too tacky to bring 3 bottle for 4 people?
What do you think?
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Although I haven't eaten there, I believe there is a limit of two bottles per table (or one bottle per two people?) with corkage being $50/bottle. If that's the case you may not be able to bring three bottles.

I would call the restaurant and ask about their corkage policy.
I've taken wine to their sistwer restaurant Par Se several times. Their corkage charge is $90 per bottle or $180 for a magnum. If the wine is good enough, its still quite a bargain compared to what a comparable wine on their list will cost you.
If they allow it, then why not do it. The one thing I do is to consider the cost of the wine in tipping.
$90 a bottle corkage is flat out stupid. I would never go to a restaraunt that priced their wine so high a $90 corkage seemed like a good deal.
Just order by the glass ... French Laundry is able to charge the corkage because they are French Laundry.
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Originally posted by jburman82:
$90 a bottle corkage is flat out stupid. I would never go to a restaraunt that priced their wine so high a $90 corkage seemed like a good deal.
IIRC when I went to the FL (at least four years ago) the corkage was $50 per and I know we brought more than two bottles.

$50 is about my limit, $90 is out of the question but Per Se is in New York City. Almost nothing is reasonably priced there. PDH was a welcome exception to the above-mentioned rule.
GA, what restaraunt did you go to that was $50. I want to know so I can avoid it.

I might pay $50 for a place like the French Laundry but usually $25 is my limit.
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Originally posted by bonedocnine:
Hello fellow wine nerds and foodies!
I'm heading to the french laundry in April and finally decided that I want to bring wine from my own cellar (after looking at the prices on the wine list! Eek)

There are going to be 4 of us. I think I want to drink the following that night:
PNV Schramsberg J Schram Rose 1996,
Gypsy Canyon Pinot Noir Lot 2 2006,
SQN 17th Nail in My Cranium Syrah 2005


Is it too tacky to bring 3 bottle for 4 people?
What do you think?


First, check that it is not on their list.
Second, two bottles per table.
Third, it will be nice to buy a champagne to start or a spatlese, or go by the glass champagne but it is better to buy the bottle.
You should do a white for the fish/lobster course.
The SNQ, may be on their list, but if not, then it may be to much for the other courses.
Bring something that is ready (mature) to drink and enjoy over the night with the meat courses.
I have no idea of that PN but, I will not bring a PN.
My recommendations:
Buy a champagne
Bring a good mature, or that you like white
Bring a mature red.
I had been about 15 times there.
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Originally posted by jburman82:
GA, what restaraunt did you go to that was $50. I want to know so I can avoid it.

I might pay $50 for a place like the French Laundry but usually $25 is my limit.

Big Grin
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
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Originally posted by jburman82:
GA, what restaraunt did you go to that was $50. I want to know so I can avoid it.

I might pay $50 for a place like the French Laundry but usually $25 is my limit.

Big Grin


Right. Thats what I get for reading to fast. I thought the Fl was refering to a restaraunt in Florida. Nothing to see here. Carry on.

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