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Wine lovers now have more options in Michigan


LANSING (WKZO) -- BYOW stands for “bring your own wine”, and it is now legal to do that in restaurants with liquor licenses in Michigan.

The new law is allowing restaurant guests to stop at the store or just bring a bottle from their wine cellar to the restaurant, and to avoid the mark-up of two to three times the actual cost of the bottle that many eateries charge.

Restaurants will be permitted under the law to charge a corking fee to offset rent, glassware and the cost of serving, and that means the savings may only be available on really expensive bottles of wine.

While some restaurant owners aren't opposed to the new law, others are adamantly against the law stating liability concerns. It’s also going to cost them money.

Again it only will be allowed in restaurants that already serve wine. It will still be illegal to try and enjoy a Big Mac with a nice bottle of St. Julian’s Merlot, unless you take the burger home.