Dinniman: Wine Now In Grocery Stores & Delivered to Your Door
NOTE: This information has been updated as of September 21, 2016.
WEST CHESTER (August 26, 2016) – Chester County consumers are now able to order wine directly from places like Napa and Sonoma, thanks to an update to the state’s liquor system supported by state Senator Andy Dinniman.
Dinniman voted for Act 39 of 2016, which revamps Pennsylvania’s outdated liquor laws to make purchases more consumer-friendly.
“This is a major step in modernizing and updating Pennsylvania’s liquor laws,” Dinniman said. “These changes don’t only make liquor sales more convenient and accessible for consumers, they also allow expanded opportunities for businesses and private sellers.”
The changes allow more wineries across the state and nation to ship their products (up to 36 cases per year) directly to residents’ homes. This week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) issued 48 direct-shipment licenses to wineries – a significant expansion over the very limited number of wineries who were permitted to do so previously.
In addition, more grocery stores will now be able to sell wine. The PLCB recently approved applications for 162 stores and restaurants to sell wine, including five in Chester County. They are: the Giant Grocery Store at 141 Swedesford Road in Exton, the Acme at 700 W. Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, 2017 D&J Enterprises at 729 East Lincoln Highway in Coatesville, the Beer Store Chester located at 215 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, and the Kennett Square Inn located at 201-203 E. State Street in Kennett Square.
And already, the new law has led to expanded hours at liquor stores.
Other changes under Act 39 include allowing:
• Restaurants and hotels to sell wine to go.
• Convenience stores to sell six-packs of beer.
• Breweries and distilleries to participate in farmers markets.
In addition, Dinniman voted for House Bill 1196, which calls for decriminalizing the transport of alcohol across state lines. And he is a supporter and co-sponsor of House Bill 1690 to allow beer distributors to sell wine.
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