ROCKFORD, Mich. (Detroit Free Press & WZZM)-- Michigan diners can now legally take their own bottles of wine to restaurants that have liquor licenses, but they will likely have to pay a corkage fee to have it served to them and the restaurant must be willing to allow it.
Previously, wine purchased outside a restaurant could not be served there, but a new state law that took effect Friday changes that.
Restaurants still have the option to prohibit outside wines, said Justin Winslow, the Michigan Restaurant Association’s vice president of governmental affairs. And they can charge whatever they wish as a corkage fee — the service charge for providing glassware and serving the wine.
The new law does not allow guests to take wine into restaurants that do not have liquor licenses; that was illegal before and still is, Winslow said. In addition, the new law applies only to wine and not any other alcoholic beverage.