Taking home an unopened bottle from a restaurant

I'm looking for the state by state laws regarding the ability got a guest of a restaurant to buy a bottle of wine, unopened, and take it home. The only thing I can find is laws regarding open bottles. Any help would be appreciated 

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mneeley490 posted:

Would you really want to pay 2 or 3 times retail?

While not the norm, there are restaurants that have markups on wine that are reasonable.  Occasionally, you'll find places where the final all-in price is still cheaper than what the same wine hammers for at auction.  Typically, those are on the super high-end wines.........

Mmaccou posted:

I'm looking for the state by state laws regarding the ability got a guest of a restaurant to buy a bottle of wine, unopened, and take it home. The only thing I can find is laws regarding open bottles. Any help would be appreciated 

maryland has all sorts of different licenses.  It is a different license to permit the sale of wine in  a restaurant for consumption there (and bringing home a partially consumed bottle) vs. a license to sell a bottle unopened.  In nearly every case, restaurants only have the former license.

If you want a state by state analysis, I'd suggest you contact the liquor lobbying entity in Washington, DC which probably has the data.

I've split cases from restaurants a few times. They order through their distributor at wholesale, the rep ups their sales, we get it at a fraction of the cost and everyone is happy. Not sure if it's legal but it works. I've also bought bottles during  promotional wine nights  and took them home unopened. It seems so unregulated, and it'd be just as easy if you had to, to simply say you brought wine from home and decided not to open it all at the restaurant.

winoca posted:

I've split cases from restaurants a few times. They order through their distributor at wholesale, the rep ups their sales, we get it at a fraction of the cost and everyone is happy. Not sure if it's legal but it works. I've also bought bottles during  promotional wine nights  and took them home unopened. It seems so unregulated, and it'd be just as easy if you had to, to simply say you brought wine from home and decided not to open it all at the restaurant.

This is definitely regulated, but it's pretty much only enforced when they get reported.  Sometimes the SLA will come in and do a spot check / audit to see if your orders match your inventory, but i'd imagine you'd have to be egregious w your infractions for this to happen.

Basically if you have something that works for you, best keep it to yourself least you get your restaurant in trouble if someone else tries it and gets told no.

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