‘Bring your own wine’ comes to B.C. restaurants with change to liquor laws

The provincial government has announced changes to liquor regulations that will allow diners to bring their own bottle of wine into participating restaurants.

Rich Coleman, the Minister of Energy and Mines, made the announcement Thursday morning in Langley. The changes — which apply to establishments with liquor licences — take effect immediately and apply to wine only.

“This is big for a lot of people in the hospitality sector,” Coleman said.

The government said the change is something the restaurant industry has requested and sees the regulatory change as a way to get more people into restaurants, which will be able to charge a corkage fee to open and serve wine brought by diners.

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