The Department of Rules & Regulations, Alcohol & Gaming Division, The State of New Mexico, Office of the Director, Santa Fe, has confirmed that licensed restaurants are permitted to have patrons bring their own wine to their restaurant. Since 1981, the department has been wrongly informing the public, restaurant owners, and the instructor of NM mandatory alcohol beverage server certification classes that it is an offense for all restaurants to allow patrons to BYOB. The rule only states that unlicensed restaurants are not permitted to have patrons drink their own wine on premise. Since this written rule has just been shown to the department's director, it's very likely that all licensed restaurants will disagree. That's because not one licensed restaurant has read the rules for operating a licensed rtestaurant. They have clearly been told by the department that only wines they purchased for their place of business can be in the restaurant. And that inspectors can look for wine labels in the restaurant not having a receipt of purchase, resulting in an offense.
The question is, what have restaurant owners in New Mexico been thinking? What's more, aren't lawyers - if retained - by restaurant owners applying for a license to sell wine reading the licensing rules of New Mexico? The fact is, they are filed in a reference code binder on a shelf for the public to read in the main library of Santa Fe. They are also available at the front desk of the Rules & Regulation Department, One can also read the rules and regulations on the internet. The rules & regulations are probably in main libraries of cities and reference libraries of universities of New Mexico.