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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Good deals on wine, plus tips for taking a bottle to a restaurant

A number of readers wrote in to offer their tips on who is offering particularly good wine deals. Here are some of their recommendations. Please check with each restaurant to confirm that these specials are still in place. Note that corkage is per bottle and that specials are for full bottle purchases.

Seattle/Puget Sound

Berkshire Grill

2132 N. Northgate Way, Seattle

206-417-0707

All wines half price Sunday-Thursday; bottles over $50 half price Friday and Saturday

94 Stewart

94 Stewart St., Seattle

206-441-5505

No corkage fee on Sunday

Restaurant Zoë

2137 Second Ave., Seattle

206-256-2060

No corkage fee on Sunday (for wines not on the list)

Union

1400 First Ave., Seattle

206-838-8000

No corkage fee Monday night

Purple Café

1225 Fourth Ave. Seattle, 206-829-2280

323 Parkplace, Kirkland, 425-828-3772

14459 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E., Woodinville, 425-483-7129

No corkage fee on first bottle (for wines not on the list)

$10 corkage for other bottles

Iris Grill

317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 28A, Issaquah

All bottled wine half price on Tuesday

Salish Lodge & Spa

6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

425-831-6548

Half price wines Tuesday and Wednesday in the Attic Bistro (minimum $25 food purchase)

Buck's American Cafe

2901 Hewitt Ave., Everett

425-258-1351

$10 corkage; half off any bottle on Monday nights.

Zephyr Bistro

11 Bellwether Way, Bellingham

360-647-3767

All wines $5 over retail. Weekly "Screamin' deal" under $10. Friday night wine tastings; six tastes for $5-10. Corkage is $5.

Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar

437 29th St. N.E., Puyallup

253-864-8600

All wines 25 percent off on Tuesday

Eastern Washington

Anthony's Homeport

550 Columbia Point Drive, Richland

509-946-3474

Corkage is $10 (for wines not on the list)

Sea Galley

25 E. Valley Mall Blvd., Union Gap, Yakima County

509-575-1216

All bottled wine half price on Tuesday; no corkage fee.

26 brix

207 W. Main St., Walla Walla

509-526-4075

No corkage on Sundays

Tips for taking wine to a restaurant

• Call ahead to confirm restaurant policy regarding corkage.

• Inquire about stemware to be certain you get good glasses.

• If you have a rare or older wine, discuss decanting with the sommelier.

• Do not bring a wine that is on the restaurant wine list.

• Do not bring a wine that cost less than the corkage fee.

• Do share a small glass of your special wine with the sommelier.

• Do order something from the wine list in addition to your bottle.

• Do pro-rate your tip to reward the quality of the wine service.

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