Waiter, Please Seal My Wine

On January 1st a new Illinois law will allow restaurant patrons to take home unfinished bottles of wine. The partially consumed bottles will have to be sealed, and remain sealed for the trip, by the restaurant who will also give a dated receipt for the bottle.

Legislators think consumers that pay a lot for their wine often feel obligated to finish it because they can’t take it home. Honey, should we split this last glass of wine, or have it capped and drink it later? I drink a fair amount of wine (a very deep and fruity Zinfandel is my favorite) and can’t remember ever wanting to cap a bottle to drink later. Will this practice be used often or was it waste of time for Illinois Legislators?

6 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    Um, waste of time. Again, if they were more effective in teaching this sort of thing to kids in school, we wouldn’t have to worry about silly measures like these.


  2. Scott (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    Michigan handles this much more simply. Don’t state leaders look at what’s been done elsewhere? From Michigan’s Liquor Control Commission Web site…

    Q. If I don’t finish a bottle of wine I ordered with my dinner can I take the remainder of the bottle home?

    A. Yes. Per MCL 436.1021, an individual who has purchased a meal and who has purchased and partially consumed a bottle of wine with the meal may remove the partially consumed bottle from the premises upon departure provided that the cork is reinserted so that the top of the cork is level with the lip of the bottle. The transportation or possession of the partially consumed bottle of wine shall be in compliance with section 624a of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.624a.


  3. jack (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    forget Michigan, go right to the one state that has the whole liquor thing figured out, Louisiana. You can just take your bottle, cork or no cork, and go home. There is no open container law and everyone gets by just fine. There is not mayhem in the streets because someone can enjoy a beer while having a picnic in the park.


  4. Dave! (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    I have never thought, “I don’t want to get wine because I won’t drink it all.” Now, I have thought, “I don’t want to pay $30 for that bottle I know I can go over to Binny’s and pick up for $10.” :)


  5. CP (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Who the hell wants to bring home a bottle of Zinfandel? GROSS!!! Why would someone even open one!!! Nasty!!(j/k…not really…barf)


  6. Bill V (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    Nice comments y’all. I think we agree that you either know when or don’t know when to stop drinking at this point in your life. Politicians should use their time a little wiser, maybe like putting computer chips in my dog’s neck!!!

    And BTW, are we talking about the same Zinfandel. Very RED, very deep, bolder than Cabernet and Merlot (please don’t tell me you’re thinking about White Zinfandel which is made of the left over grape skins!).



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