Tips for BYO Wine

If you are thinking of taking your own wine to a restaurant, here are a few tips to make the experience a pleasant one.

Firstly, it pays to check with the restaurant to see if they are happy for you to "BYO".

Secondly, if you are going to take your own wine, it is good manners to take wine the restaurant doesn't already stock and/or take a wine of special significance, such as a Nardone Baker wine (hint, hint)!

Remember that you will be charged a corkage fee. You might want to ask what that is ahead of time to determine whether it still makes bringing your own wine worthwhile.

Wine writer, Natalie McLean suggests it is a good practice to buy a glass of wine from the restaurant, such as a sparkling wine, as a "goodwill gesture". (You can subscribe to Natalie's free newsletter at ).

Naturally, if your favourite restaurant does not stock Nardone Baker wine, suggest they do and set yourself up for a culinary paradise!


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Wine Quotes & Toasts

No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God."


A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

St. Paul, 1 Timothy 5:23

Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin 

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it well used."


A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry."

Ecclesiastes 8:15

Quickly bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may whet my mind and say something clever."


Wine cheereth God and man."

Judges 9:13

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved."

Medieval German saying 

Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues."

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Wine is the pearl in the oyster of the grape.

Charles A. Nardone, Mirabella Ranch, Texas USA 

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."

Louis Pasteur

Now is the time for drinking, now is the time to beat the earth with unfettered foot. "


A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore."

Johann Strauss

Wine is bottled poetry."

Robert Louis Stevenson  

God made only water, but man made wine.

Victor Hugo

Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow.


It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason."

Latin saying 

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.


Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.

Spanish saying 

Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

Galileo Galilei

Contact Details

Nardone Baker Wines

PO Box 386, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171, Australia.

10 Gray Street, Kilkenny, South Australia, 5009, Australia
Phone +61 8 8445 8100 
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