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The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

Release Date: August 5th, 2014

Each state carries different rules on what can and cannot be taken from a restaurant wine-wise, many times depending on the licensing of the establishment. To see how each state deals with this issue, we have to look back to 1933 when the Twenty-First Amendment to the US Constitution was passed, prohibition was ended, and absolute power was given to individual states to regulate all alcoholic beverages within their own borders. Suffice to say that jurisprudence on this matter isn’t simple. Combined with cultural opinions and attitudes towards alcohol and consumption in general, legal structure has resulted in a set of complex, oft confusing laws that are sometimes impractical and often downright silly. (For example, it’s against the law to get a moose drunk in Fairbanks, Alaska; Chicago prohibits giving alcohol to a dog, ditto Ohio won’t let you drink with a fish.)

Many states have passed laws allowing restaurants to re-cork bottles and for diners to take home as long as they are properly sealed. The initiative behind the cork and carry, or wine doggie bag laws encourages a more responsible consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages as customers will not feel the pressure to finish bottles quickly. Diners, however, have experienced varying results when they’ve asked for a doggy bag for their wine in states that allow it.

New York State passed an amendment to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Law in 2004 allowing diners to take one bottle of wine given the restaurant has the appropriate wine or liquor license. Additionally the bottle must be purchase in conjunction with a meal, must be partially consumed and then resealed securely using a onetime tamper proof transparent bag and must be accompanied by a dated receipt for the full meal. So next time when you fumble through the wines list, don’t stress on wine portion control within a meal’s timeframe; instead, check your state’s laws, and then order a bottle that is worthy of the occasion while satisfying thirsty desires. Then cross your fingers and hope for the best.

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