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Mar 14, 2014 07:23 AM

Starting Today Michigan Wine Drinkers Can BYOB.

Last year's legislation takes effect today, 3/14.

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  1. From what I've read, this is important to the Wine producers because they pretty much authored the legislation.

    But for me, I stopped ordering wine with a restaurant meal when I learned how high the mark up can be.

    A corkage fee of say $25 on a $100 bottle brought in by a dining couple? Breath-taking.

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    1. re: RedTop

      " . . . how high the markup CAN be." (emphasis added)

      The markup can be $5. It can be $500. It can be 50%; it can be 5,000% Isn't it more important to know how high the markup IS, rather than CAN be.

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      I can't speak for Michigan. Indeed, at this point, I doubt anyone can, but corkage fees in your average restaurant run about $20 in the San Francisco Bay Area -- higher in "fancier" places.

      1. re: zin1953

        Recognize your point, zin. But I would expect corkage fees to vary wildly based on the stature of the dining establishment.

    2. That is strange. I recall BYOB being fine in Detroit, MI at several of the restaurants on the nights before yearly MoCool events. Everyone brought wine from home and there was never an issue bringing the wine into the restaurants.