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Florida Legalizes Wine Doggie Bag

Posted by perle0 on 2005-06-18 11:01:28 (7081 views)

A new bill has been signed into Florida law allowing restaurant patrons to take home an unfinished bottle of wine rather than polish it off and then hit the road.

The new law makes a lot of sense, until you look at the strangely specific details. The offer is only good "if the patron has purchased a full-course meal consisting of a salad or vegetable, entrée, a beverage, and bread, and consumed a portion of the bottle of wine with such meal on the restaurant premises." Thank you, Florida legislature, for remembering the bread industry. But what about diners who, after ordering wine, could no longer afford a salad with their entrée? Why should they suffer? And who buys a beverage along with their bottle of wine?

The new law takes effect on July 1st. Don't forget your bread!

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Posted by Wine Guy on 2005-08-25 15:04:59
I think the law is a great idea. I actually found a company that sells wine doggie bags
Discretionary aspect of the Law?
Posted by gvamd on 2006-08-25 20:45:02
While at a nice waterfront restaurant last night, my wife and I ate the obligatory but enjoyable two complete meals w/bread, salad and we ordered a bottle of Rosemount GSM.
After having eaten dinner and consumed slightly more than half of the wine I asked the server for my wine bottle cork.
She returned shortly with the cork, a "doggie bag" and an admonition that their particular restaurant has chosen not to participate in the law allowing removal of the remnant wine. We would however be permitted on this evening to take our bottle of wine.
I probably need to see a copy of the law to determine whether it is truly up to the discretion of the restaurant to decide if they will participate or not either wholly or in part.
I was stunned by what I have to believe is either an economic effort by the proprietor to retain the remnant; or, worse yet a lack of concern for the patron to encourage the dinners to finish drinking beyond what they belive prudent.
It was an unpleasant twist to what had been a very enjoyable meal with my wife while watching various size yachts pulling up to and leaving the restaurant.
The Law
Posted by Rob Smith on 2006-11-13 09:15:28
The law in Florida is clear with regard to compliance, but participation is discretionary. If you'd like to see the law (which is now in about 33 states), you can see it on our website distributes wine to go bags to restaurants and clubs throughout the United States.
Make sure your bags meet the law
Posted by Doug Melton on 2006-11-21 20:52:45
I purchased some bags for my restaurant that were black and didn't meet the law requiring a transparent bag. Disappointing that the company didn't tell me that their bags were not compliant.
Posted by Rob Smith on 2007-01-08 14:33:52
Only certain states require that the bags be transparent. At we are familiar with the laws in each state, and ship bags that are compliant with state law... AUTOMATICALLY! Doug, it is unfortunate that an unprofessional company did that to you. As an honorable business, I'd like to offer to replace your bags for free. Just ship me the unused black bags (from whatever vendor you bought them from), and we'll ship you transparent bags at no charge! How's that for customer service... and you aren't even our customer... YET!

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