Release Date:
July 1, 2005

Contacts: FRA Lea Crusberg, 850-224-2250
WineDoggyBag.Com, Robert J. Beck 800-401-9014

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Restaurant Association (FRA) announced today a partnership with a well-established company to produce take home wine bags to meet requirements of Florida’s new re-corking legislation better known as merlot to go. The company WineDoggyBag.com — provides take home wine bags to other states which offer similar laws.

FRA’s President and CEO, Carol Dover, said the Association is pleased to partner with WineDoggyBag.com, also an Association member, to provide this service to restaurants wishing to participate in the voluntary program. “In addition to providing generic take home bags, WineDoggyBag.com will offer Florida restaurants the option of ordering customized to-go bags for their wine, allowing their customers to take the unfinished bottle of wine home with them provided it is ordered in conjunction with a full course meal, re-corked and sealed in the tamper proof bag.” Other provisions of the law require that the bottle of unfinished wine be put in the trunk or locked compartment of the customer’s car.

The legislation was signed into law by Florida Governor Jeb Bush on June 17 and goes into effect July 1, 2005. While many restaurants may be familiar with the new law, consumers are likely to be less aware of its enactment. WineDoggyBag.com also provides table tents, menu inserts, decals and compliance certificates to educate patrons on the new Florida law.

For more information on the new law please visit www.flra.com. For information on ordering wine doggy bags, please visit www.winedoggybag.com or call them toll-free at 800-401-9014.