Wine Lovers Try Again To Legalize Corkage In Md.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Wine collectors in Frederick are trying again to change state law to allow restaurants to give patrons the option of bringing their own wine to dinner for a fee. 

Members of the group Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws plan to argue for a so-called “corkage” policy during a legislative session Saturday in Frederick. 

James French, a member of the group, says it would be a boon for the economy. He says corkage fees nationwide average $15 to $25 at restaurants. 

The group plans to introduce legislation that would allow corkage in Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties and in Baltimore city. 

The Maryland General Assembly would have to approve the corkage proposal. 

Last year, the Frederick County Liquor Board objected to a similar proposal.

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