Raid your wine cellar, corkage is coming. The governor signed corkage into law on Tuesday.
The new law, which takes effect on July 1, will allow Maryland diners to bring their own wine into licensed establishments. Previously, corkage has been allowed only in unlicensed, or BYOB, establishments.
A corkage bill died in the assembly last year, when the practice, which is already permitted in at least 25 other states, would have been introduced in only a handful of counties. This year's bill allows corkage on a statewide basis. The Maryland Restaurant Association, which opposed the legislation last year, agreed to take no position this session, which lawmakers may have interpreted as a green-light.