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New bill would let Coloradans bring their own wine to restaurants

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DENVER (KRDO) -- A new bill making its way through the Colorado legislature would pave the way for people to bring their own bottles of wine to restaurants instead of paying inflated alcohol costs.

UPDATE FEB. 13: The bill fizzled out in a Senate committee and is now effectively dead in the 2020 Legislature.

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Senate Bill 20-154, introduced this week in the legislature, calls for restaurants or hotels with liquor licenses to allow of-age customers to bring in a single 750ml bottle of wine to accompany their meals.

Considering you can get a full bottle of wine at some stores for cheaper than the cost of a single glass at a restaurant, this might be a welcome change to patrons wanting to save a little money when going out to eat.

It's also likely that restaurants would take a hit to their profits, considering restaurants can pull in a 70% profit margin on wine, according to a 2019 State of the Wine Industry report by Silicon Valley Bank.

There are a few restrictions, according to the bill's current text. Restaurants would be allowed to exclude patrons who are already under the influence or if they had already brought in a bottle of wine in the previous 24 hours. Restaurants or hotels would also be able to prevent customers from bringing their own wine if the kitchen has stopped serving meals for the day.

And if you don't finish your bottle of wine? The bill says patrons would be able to take it with them if they can reseal the container.

The bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kerry Donovan of District 5 and is set to be reviewed in the Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee on Wednesday.

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6 Comments

  1. Charging higher costs than what people would pay to eat/drink at home is how restaurants make profits. If this bill passes restrauants should add a, clearly disclosed, 35% surcharge to those ghetto people who bring their own bottle of wine. Some wine lobby paid off one or more politicians to pen this POS bill.

  2. A lot of people these days, like myself and my family, never drink alcohol in restaurants anyway. So it’s not going to be a big change in many cases. Those restaurants that serve really fine wines will probably still have many customers willing to pay for them. And it would encourage those who enjoy a glass of wine, but don’t want to pay the inflated prices, to eat at establishments they perhaps would have avoided before. So there could be a net gain for good restaurants…

  3. So does this exclude restaurants from Dramshop Laws, since they technically aren’t serving the customer alcohol?

    “Dramshop liability or dramshop laws refer to laws governing commercial establishments that sell and serve alcoholic beverages to people who are visibly intoxicated, or to minors, who go on to cause injury or death to others (third parties). The laws are designed to protect the public from potential danger as a result of commercial establishments selling alcoholic beverages to people who are intoxicated or to minors.”

    What about someone that comes in totally sober, and drinks that 750ml bottle before leaving and driving home? Does the law mean 4 people can each produce 1 bottle each?

    This is a BAD BAD Law for both patrons and establishments.

  4. Wow I am sure this is on the top of most of the population of Colorado minds weather or not they should be allowed to bring in their own bottle of Night Train or Ripple! I would think that things like finding was to get more affordable housing in the state would be more important but that is just me. 🙂

  5. Wow! Now I can bring my bottle of Boone’s Farm into the finest restaurants in Colorado. What a dumb piece of legislation for your government to have at the top of their agenda.

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