Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 8, 2016 4:17 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A new law gives Pennsylvania consumers many more options about where to purchase their favorite varieties of wine.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Wednesday allowing wine sales in grocery stores and making other changes to how alcohol is sold.

The new law lets licensed groceries and restaurants sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer. The measure also puts into law convenience store sales of beer that have begun as a result of court cases.

In other changes, state stores will have more flexibility about hours and pricing, and consumers can have wine shipped directly to them from private wine wholesalers.

State House members voted 157 to 31 to approve the bill Tuesday. The union that represents employees of state liquor stores was strongly opposed.

An earlier story is below:

A bill to let groceries and other outlets sell wine and to make other changes to Pennsylvania's highly controlled system of alcohol sales is on its way to the desk of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. 

The House voted 157-31 today for a proposal that would let some 14,000 holders of takeout beer licenses sell up to four bottles of wine to each customer.

Backers say that if Wolf approves the bill, consumers could be purchasing wine in supermarkets within months.

It would allow wine sales in licensed restaurants, bars, hotels, supermarkets and delis.

It also would codify into law the sale of beer at convenience stores that has begun as a result of court cases.
The measure is estimated to generate about $150 million in new state revenue.

It wouldn't affect sales of hard liquor.

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