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May 18, 2009 09:56 AM

Wine doggy bags

Has anyone seen these used and if so, any thoughts on same?

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    1. While I have never used this product, we have often taken our wines with us. We have also had them stored (Blackberry Farm) for later use, and they purge and properly store these opened bottles.

      Be advised that different locales have totally different rules, regarding taking your wine home with you. As a "for instance," most of Hawai`i allows this. The county of Maui does not, and specifically forbids it. Same for BYOW there.

      Always check locally, and when in dobut, call the specific restaurant.


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        if there was ever a regulatory truism about the U.S., it is that the laws related to alcohol are wildly un-uniform

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          If you are able to take an opened bottle of wine home with you, the other issue is where in the car it needs to be so you can legally transport it. California is very strict about having open bottles of alcohol in the passenger area of the car, and other states are as well. I always put opened swill in the trunk, or in the case of an SUV-type car, in the far back. I'd also recommend not having it in plain sight -- tucked in or under something is best.

          1. re: maria lorraine

            I can't ever recall taking a bottle home, usually if there's something left and the wait staff has done a good job, I'm happy to leave it with them. that said, it seemed like an interesting idea but yes "open container" laws could well pose a problem...

            1. re: ibstatguy

              I, like you, have left many bottles. OTOH, there have been diners, where I would have liked to have ordered more bottles, to have proper wines for each course, without having to find the quintessential wine for all courses.

              Now, if the restaurant is atop of things, they will have a good half-bottle selection, from which to choose. However, that is a topic for another thread.

              At Blackberry Farm, it was nice to have all of our various wines waiting for us.


              1. re: ibstatguy

                In a number of states when you see the bottle in a wine doggy bag, it is considered a closed container. It's great to know you can enjoy the balance of your wine at home.

              2. re: maria lorraine

                I can totally understand. I wonder how it would play out in a court of law, should one be "caught" with a partially consumed bottle of '70 Latour in the auto. Could I offer up, to the court, my posts on Chowhound, regarding proper stemware? I wonder...

                You are so correct - one must know the laws of the nation, the state, the county and then the municipality. After all of that, much is left to the discretion of the particular establishment. Who knows? I ran afoul of the county of Maui laws, when I thought that I knew how things, regarding wine, were handled in Hawai`i. Little did I know.


                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Luckily, in MA (where I'm from), the liquor laws are state-wide. We began to cork and carry about three years ago and it's been great, both for business and pleasure!

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                1. Depending upon where you live, they may be completely unnecessary . . . you don't need them in California, for example; just put the bottle in the trunk of the car. (Unless you're ITB and have a station wagon -- I was once "caught" with over 60 open containers in the car, but wasn't cited for anything . . . .