Virginia is about to become the latest state to allow us customers to bring our own bottle to a restaurant, otherwise known as corkage or BYOB (bring your own bottle). The question for me is, why are there any states where this is not permitted? According to a Wine Spectator survey, only 25 states specifically allow corkage without restriction.
Although 15 states out-and-out forbid the practice, it should be noted that no state requires establishments to let their customers bring in a bottle. It's entirely up to the restaurants whether they want to. In practice, most do, some grudgingly, many enthusiastically, especially when people bring in cool wines. It fills the seats with people who enjoy good food and wine.
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