Have you ever been in a situation where you need to make the hard decision of leaving your unfinished bottle of wine with the restaurant (because state laws do not permit bringing it home) or downing it quickly and potentially ruining the experience on the spot?
This is a dilemma wine lovers will hate to be put in because on one hand, a good bottle of wine is one worth the slow savor and on the other, finishing a whole bottle of wine quickly is going to be dangerous if you are driving home.
Thankfully, David Beck, the founder of Wine Doggy Bag®, has the solution.
Please Introduce Yourself.
My name is David Beck and I am the owner of Wine Doggy Bag®. We manufacture U.S. state-compliant wine bags consumers can readily take home should they not be able to finish their bottle of wine at the restaurant.
The company is currently based in Manhattan, New York — where I reside as well.
Tell us More About Wine Doggy Bag® And What it Does For Wine Lovers And Restaurants in The U.S.
Firstly, I just want to say that wine lovers can rejoice! All 50 states in the U.S. now allow you to take home an unfinished bottle of wine. However, 35 states have very specific requirements.
Prior to 2004, a restaurant patron was not allowed to take home an unfinished bottle of wine because it violated the existing open container laws. Some progressive lawmakers in New York State, Massachusetts and Florida realized that if you couldn’t take home your wine, you will then be compelled to finish it at the table — which posed a problem if you are driving home. So new laws were passed to allow patrons to take home their unfinished bottle of wine by sealing it in a specific bag that is state-compliant.
My company works with state representatives in various states to help craft the wording of these new laws and provide prototypes for demonstration at first. This led to other states adopting the same guidelines for taking home wine. As a result, Wine Doggy Bag® was launched in 2004 and since then, we have created an avenue for taking home a bottle of wine in “closed” container. The intent of the law is to encourage responsible drinking.
On top of that, restaurateurs are finding that by promoting Wine Doggy Bag®, they are able to turn tables faster if their guests know they can take their bottles home, leading to more sales.
Let’s Talk About Your Favorite Wine. Which Type of Wine Do You Enjoy Best?
I enjoy Malbec and other full-bodied reds. On a hot day at the beach, I would prefer a Rose. Malbec because it pairs well with my favorite foods like burgers, steaks and Italian cusine — foods with robust flavors.
Rose is just simply refreshing at brunch or for lighter fare.
What’s Your Advice For Somebody Who Wants To Start Appreciating Wines?
My suggestion is to start by going to local wine tastings and learn about pairing certain wines with certain food. From there, you can start to experiment.
The More Expensive The Wine, The Better it Tastes. Do You Agree?
I think you want it to taste better since it’s a more expensive bottle but the answer is “no”. There are excellent-tasting wines at all price points.
What’s Next For Wine Doggy Bag And How Can Interested Parties Get in Touch With You?
You can learn more about us and place an order at our website and/or call us at 800-401-9014. We are happy to chat with anyone who would like more information.
During COVID, most U.S. states are now allowing restaurants to sell full, unopened bottles of wine and to-go cocktails. Wine Doggy Bags® minimizes risk with no-touch and no-interaction for safe transport for curbside pick-up, take-out, delivery and third-party delivery services.
We are also currently working hard to educate every wine lover, restaurant, winery and wine distributor as to the value of using a Wine Doggy Bag®. Wine Doggy Bag® is currently available in two sizes — 750ml and 1.5L Magnum.
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