Local corkage policies are the topic du jour around here, including my "Wine Buzz" column today which focused on the free corkage program at Bandera. This was a follow up from last week's corkage column, which was prompted by a reader who took a $10 bottle of Bogle wine to Paragary's Bar and Oven. After the $20 corkage fee, he was the not-so proud consumer of a $30 bottle of Bogle.
But here's a tip on getting free corkage at Paragary's and its group of restaurants, including Centro, Cosmo Cafe, Spataro and Cosmo Cafe. Buy any California wine at Whole Foods Market, be it Bogle or any other wine from the Golden State. They'll give you a sticker to put on that bottle, and when you bring that bottle to any Paragary restaurant: voila, free corkage.
This promotion lasts indefinitely, and Whole Foods also plans to bring some of Paragary's chefs into the store for some cooking demonstrations. Sound good? Happy New Year, and see y'all in the wine department at Whole Foods.