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Unreserved Wine Talk

237 EpisodesProduced by Natalie MacLeanWebsite

The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more


57: BYOB Wines to Restaurants

What does BYOB, Bring Your Own Bottle, to a restaurant mean? What special laws and etiquette do you need to know about it? Which provinces and states allow it? How does BYOB benefit you as a wine lover, aside from reducing your restaurant bill? How should you calculate the tip when you bring your own wine?

On today's episode of Unreserved Wine Talk, I'm sharing everything you need to know, plus my best tips for enjoying BYOB wines at restaurants. Enjoy!


  • Why is BYOB perfect for you if you don’t cook much at home?
  • How does BYOB benefit you as a wine lover?
  • Should you BYOB when venturing into more casual fare?
  • How much does wine contribute to restaurant profits?
  • How should you calculate an appropriate tip when you BYOB?
  • How can BYOB help emerging wine regions and small producers?
  • What aspects of BYOB especially benefit dining and wine culture?
  • What BYOB etiquette tips should you keep in mind?
  • How is wine helping some chain restaurants to differentiate themselves?

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