Mass. OKs Re-Corking by Restaurants

Massachusetts has joined several other states in allowing restaurant patrons to take home unused portions of their wine.

On Thursday, March 2, the commonwealth's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issued a temporary ruling that put the new re-corking law into effect. Restaurants will be required to re-cork the bottle and seal it in a transparent bag.

Reaction in the trade has, as expected, been mixed. Some restaurateurs dislike what they see as the inconvenience and the need to train staff to comply. Others think it will increase wine sales to people who normally would pass on buying wine because they don't want to finish an entire bottle before driving.

The new regulations also require the restaurant to supply a receipt showing the date of the meal, including the purchase of the wine. Patrons are limited to one bottle of uncorked wine each.

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