No BYOW in Frederick County

Lawmakers pass on chance to legalize "corkage" in Frederick County

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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No BYOW in Frederick County

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Bring your appetite the next time you dine out in Frederick County, Md. But leave your favorite bottle of wine at home.

Local lawmakers have decided to decline the right to wine and dine in the county, by not introducing legislation that would legalize corkage. That’s the practice of allowing restaurant patrons to bring their own wine.

Some area restaurants had been pushing for a bill that they think would have boosted business and allowed their patrons to bring their favorite Pinot Noir with them to dinner.

It’s not that many lawmakers want to say no to merlot. They just don’t seem to care much.

“Right now, the interest in that particular issue is just not there,” Republican Delegate Paul Stull told the Frederick News Post. “I’d be glad to talk to anybody about it, and if we get the kind of support some pepole think we should have, then it can come up again and we can have something to bring forward.”

Corkage is common in other states.

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