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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Merlot To Go!

As a public service, I'm writing this post to inform Ohioans of the new "Merlot-To-Go" law, which goes into effect this Thursday, September 21st.

This new law allows customers to take home the unused portion of a bottle of wine they have purchased for on-premise consumption in a restaurant.

Legally, that is... we all know you've been doing this for years anyway.

The only requirement is that you inform your server that you wish to take the bottle with you; the server will then take the bottle to the bartender, who will re-cork and place a special re-sealer on the bottle. The bartender will then place the bottle in a bag; as long as you transport the bottle in your trunk (or behind the last seat, out of reach of the driver, if you don't have a trunk), you're good to go with your merlot! Or, hopefully, you have better taste in wine, and rhymes, than that.

It's reasonable to assume that many servers and bartenders don't know about this new law yet... feel free to inform them.

The great thing about this law is that you are no longer limited to wines offered by the glass at your favorite restaurant. You can purchase any bottle you like, have a glass with dinner and take the rest home with you. You no longer have to drink that shitty Chardonnay offered by-the-pour, my friends.

Enjoy the wine, and the new, enlightened Ohio laws, Buckeyes!

I could feel hot flames of fire roaring at my back
As she disappeared, but soon she returned
In her hand was a bottle of wine, in the other, a glass
She poured some of the wine from the bottle into the glass
And raised it to her lips
And just before she drank it, she said
Spill the wine and take that pearl
Spill the wine and take that pearl
Spill the wine and take that pearl
Spill the wine and take that pearl

- Eric Burdon and War, "Spill The Wine"

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