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Merlot To Go?

One of the new laws that went into effect at the start of the new year has to do with wine in the state of Illinois. This year restaurant-goers in the state of Illinois will no longer have to down that bottle of wine before leaving. This makes them one in 40 states to do so.

The new law allows a patron to remove one unsealed and partially consumed bottle of wine for off-premise consumption, provided that the patron purchased a meal and consumed a portion of the bottle of wine with the meal on the restaurant premises. In addition, the partially consumed bottle of wine must be securely sealed by a restaurant employee or owner prior to removal from the premises and placed in a transparent, one-time-use, tamper-proof bag, and restaurant staff must provide a dated receipt for the bottle of wine to the patron.

See that part about the tamper-proof bag? That's where the folks over at Wine Doggy Bag come in. They make tamper-proof, transparent, one-time use bags that will meet the requirements of the law. With an easy to carry handle, it's the perfect way to get that merlot to go.

Find out whether or not your state lets you take home your wine.

Source: The Telegraph

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katie225 katie225 9 years
i hate the corking fee, so we usually just put the cork in the bottle and sneak it out ourselves! at big restaurants like the olive garden, they usually don't notice. and yeah, i'm pretty sure any opened alcohol has to be in the trunk in CA as well. and i can barely remember a time when they asked, "smoking or non-smoking?" but i do remember it. i must have been five or so.
purplesugar purplesugar 9 years
I didn't know we could do this in our state until our waitress at the Olive Garden offered to box up our wine bottle for us...I think its great!
Moni-B Moni-B 9 years
Rubialala, thats why some states insist that the bottle *must* be in the trunk of the car or locked in the glove compartment. ~M~
rubialala rubialala 9 years
There is no smoking indoors ANYWHERE public in California. I can't remember when that didn't exist. This just seems like a temptation that could very easily lead to drinking and driving. Although perhaps it might prevent people from trying to guzzle their wine before they leave and then leaving the restaurant totally wasted.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I just checked, it's been a law since July 1, 2003. (I was curious.) :)
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
Mon B, I live in FL, and we've had the non-smoking law for quite awhile...I know it's been way over a year maybe, over two years. :) We have cork fees here, too...but, I think it depends on the restaurant.
txhottie txhottie 9 years
We can take partially consumed bottles home in TX and I have yet to run into a re-corking fee. You just re-cork yourself, but the bottle must be in the trunk of the car. It is great.
OChottie OChottie 9 years
Amen Katie. We bring our fave bottle to our Anniversary dinner and they charge almost as much as the bottle costs to cork and pour. That's in Nevada tho.
Moni-B Moni-B 9 years
I know that RI was the 7th state that adopted the smoking law, Beach Barbie. I don't know if there are any other state who have adopted it since. ~M~
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
FL is on the wine doggey bag list, too. Mon B, we have the same non-smoking law here, too. :)
katie225 katie225 9 years
we can take bottles home in CA that were partially consumed, but the corking fee some restaurants charge is horrible!
Moni-B Moni-B 9 years
Yup, good ole' RI is on that list along with the smoking ban inside of restaurants. :-) ~M~
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