10 US restaurants selling their wines to go

Empire State South, Atlanta

Steven Grubbs, wine director at Empire State South in Atlanta, has been having to get creative to keep his wine sales within the limits of Georgia law. At first he had to open then re-cork the wines he was selling to go, placing them in sealed bags for his customers.

A law change on 20 March allowing to-go wine sales at restaurants has made life easier for Grubbs, who has started selling “mystery” wine packs at a variety of different price points to help see consumers through the week.

“A person might want to buy all the Dujac I have, but there’s more tragedy there than them buying a six-pack of varied, retail-priced, ready-to-drink wines, some of which they could never find at retail. It still scratches their itch for the special stuff,” Grubbs told Wine Enthusiast.

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