Sometimes I do wonder how to exactly calculate tip if the fancy dinner include wine, because sometimes the cost of wine cost much more than the food itself- won’t you think it’s a little unfair? Well as I research I came across this article:
All the wine for the dinner was over three times the cost of the food. I reacted to the automatically adding 20% to the cost of the wine ( which also included the sales tax) to the tab.
As a rule of thumb, according to the Wine Spectator, you should never pay less than 15% gratuity for everything.
If the service is poor, the minimum is 10%. They recommend 20% for a good meal, including the wine, despite the price of the wine. They assume someone is going to buy a $25 or $30 bottle of wine. Or perhaps bring their own wine to the restaurant and pay corkage ( which they highly recommend.)
It is also recommended that you give the Wine Stewart of Sommelier a tip, as well as the Captain, if he gives you service beyond, such as at Le Bernadin in New York City, where it appears the captain is very active at his group of tables.
You actually write on the receipt the tip, and who it goes to. 10% for the Sommelier if he is active recommending the restaurant, as well as at least 5% to 10% for the captain.
Now this is what the late famous bon vivant and chef extraordinaire Charles Beard said, many years ago, and I basically follow it: 20% of the cost of the food is the minimum tip to the waiters ( exclude sales tax—also easier to do the math) 10% of the wine cost ( exclude sales tax) and mark this for the sommelier, and if not, mark wine steward, still 10%. 5% for the captain, if he is of help, otherwise not.
This is a rather interesting calculation of tips which I never knew before, but I don’t know if it really works that way. From reading his article the restaurant won and he still owe that 20% tip in the bill because it stated that party over x amount has to pay 20% tax of the total dine-in cost.
So if you need to research for wine’s price, years, kinds before going to have your find dining? go here.