B.Y.O.W... Bring your own wine may be back in effect
YAKIMA, Wash- After being outlawed, corkage free zones are just one step away from being legal again. That means you'd be able to bring your own wine to restaurants without being charged a fee.
Advocates of the bill say in the short term it will bring in more customers to businesses but ultimately it will drive more tourism to Washington.
The bill lets restaurants waive the corkage fee for wines that are purchased locally. So if you were out wine tasting, and bought a bottle, you can take it with you to dinner without being charged. It's gotten support from the liquor control board, the Washington Wine Association, and tourism-related businesses across the state. But the corkage-free zone itself was spearheaded by a Yakima restaurant owner Jar Arcand. If the bill becomes law as expected, he's hoping the program will catch on statewide.
"The biggest challenge here is now getting the news out and getting a program together including as many restaurants with all the wineries in Washington and trying to make this a statewide, WA state wine tasting experience, why we are better in WA than anywhere else", says Arcand, owner of Santaigo's in downtown Yakima.
He says that if the program goes statewide hotels, restaurants, and retail will all benefit.
Governor Gregoire is expected to sign the bill into law next week.