Retail business reporter Amanda Codispoti and I put together a story for today’s newspaper about Virginia’s new wine corkage law, which went into effect today.
According to the new law, diners may now bring their own bottles of wine to restaurants, so long as the restaurant allows it and has an ABC license.
Restaurant owners’ reactions to the new law have been mixed, but wine enthusiasts are all for it. In fact, those I have talked to say they’ll be actively lobbying restaurants to adopt corkage policies and will probably not patronize those that don’t.
What do you think? Would you ever consider bringing a bottle of wine to a restaurant, and if so, under what circumstances?
Furthermore, what do you think would be a fair corkage fee?