Myself and my boyfriend (who is in the wine industry) were extremely excited about this dining experience. We had come in for wine garden appetizers a few days previous and had met a very personable server who gave us a tour of the place and made us reservations to sit with him. We decided after a day of hiking to bring in a bottle of champagne with us, of course expecting to pay a corkage fee, to start the evening. We also fully intended to order a bottle of wine for the main course off of the wine list. When we asked the wine director to open our champagne though he suprised us by lowering his voice substantially and snidely telling us that no outside bottles were accepted in a tone of voice that was entirely condescending. He further lowered his voice and leaned into my boyfriend, expressing embarrassment at the situation, that "had we called in advance, we might have presented it from the
back". Okay first of all. We have dined at some of the bestrestaurants in the country ,
from Tru in Chicago, to Auberge de
Soleil in Napa Valley. I've never come across a restaurant that didnt allow outside bottles via corkage fees. However that was t even the issue. If he had politely explained company policy and apologized for the misunderstanding I wod have been thoroughly placated. However me and my boyfriend are very young in the scheme of things ( mid twenties) and I think he felt justified in speaking to us that way.needless go say, this was the most insulting dining experience I have had in recent memory and thoroughly disappointing for what we were expecting.
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