It created the wine-expanded permit, which allows other types of retail licensees to sell wine to go. As of this week, there are more than 520 wine-expanded permittees across Pennsylvania. This would include places like grocery stores and convenience stores.
As long as they abide by the rules and they have the appropriate permits and licenses, then yes. Many wine clubs are offered by retailers, however, and only producers can obtain direct wine shipper licenses. We offer a wine club through our Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.
Not all wines are available for purchase online. If you are shipping to PA or FL and would like a wine that is not available for sale online, please call us at 610-398-7525 so we may assist you. Click here to view our full wine list
In lieu of in-person sales, state residents now have the option to purchase a restricted quantity of wine and spirits from a reduced catalogue on the Fine Wine and Good Spirits website, and have the option of getting PA wine and spirits home delivery.
Many have curbside pickup hours, delivery, and/or ship throughout Pennsylvania. Below are details on what a few Pittsburgh favorites are offering for PA wine and spirits home delivery and pickup options.
The shop is currently taking online orders for curbside pickup and home delivery in Allegheny County.For curbside: Order anytime, and pick up during store hours at 2103 Penn Ave.For Home Delivery in Allegheny County: Orders are delivered the next day. Must have valid ID upon delivery.
Quantum Spirits is a tech-savvy distiller that makes all their products from scratch, mashing, fermenting, distilling, bottling and labelling in Carnegie, PA. They are currently offering free delivery on orders $60+ within 20 miles of Carnegie. View their products online and call 412-314-1853 to place an order. Oh, and they have mixers too!
Located in Sewickley, Mclaughlin Distillery is open and operating under normal business hours. They are currently offering curbside bottle pickup for orders placed online, or they can ship to anywhere within PA. Free shipping on any order $63.00 and above. Peruse their full selection online, or call for more info 412-737-1840.
Located in the Southside, 23rd and Vine has wine delivery and curbside pickup available on over 30 varieties of wine uniquely sourced from small vineyards globally. The shop is open seven days a week. Order directly here.
While the taproom is closed, Inner Groove is offering online ordering with curbside pickup for all available beers. Some scheduled food trucks are still planning to be on site for carry out/grab-and-go food.
As of August 8th, 2016, how alcohol is bought and sold in Pennsylvania changed dramatically. It is not just about semi-privatization and consumer choice. That is not half of it. The new legislation will affect wineries, breweries, cider makers, distilleries, beer distributors, grocery stores, bottle shops, beer wholesalers, restaurants, and entrepreneurs in profound ways.
Another change is that the PLCB is no longer required to price all wines proportionally. There is currently a requirement that the markup on wine and spirits be standardized, which is currently pegged at 30%.
That standard markup is one reason why wines are more expensive in Pennsylvania than in other states. In wine shops in NJ and DE, high-volume wines are priced with much lower margins, sometimes a cent over wholesale.
Over time, this change will push down the wholesale price of wine, not just for the PLCB but for the forthcoming private wine and beer shops in Pennsylvania, too; those private shops are tied to the wholesale pricing the PLCB negotiates.
Bottomline for the Consumer: Prices for national brand wines could drop significantly over the new few years. Pricing for higher quality wines (and spirits) will be more volatile. In some instances, we may see an increase in pricing, especially in spirits and collectible wines. The introduction of lottery sales will appeal to some consumers and repel others.
For the first time since before prohibition, there will be private wine shops permitted in the state of Pennsylvania. These shops will require savvy sommeliers with an eye for obscure wines and a tolerance for razor-thin budgets.
Pricing for wines at the private wine shops will be variable. It will be up to the individual stores how to price their wines, but it will take a brilliant wine buyer to keep prices down and quality high.
Having private wine shops is a remarkable thing, but the law does not fully privatize wine sales. The PLCB will control both the availability and wholesale price of the wine. The shops will have an inflated wholesale price, as well: The PLCB will tack on 10% to the wholesale cost, plus the 18% emergency tax (aka Johnstown Flood Tax) will also be incorporated into the wholesale cost. Plus, private wine shops can only sell 4 bottles of wine at a time.
Bottomline for the Consumer: The private wine shops will not offer good pricing on popular wines. Due to unnaturally high wholesale costs, those wines will cost more than in surrounding states. It is also very likely that prices will be lower in the PLCB Wine & Spirits stores.
The first round of private wine shops will be located at grocery stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, and delis with pre-existing liquor licenses. If you own a business with a liquor license, you can open up a wine shop. The first step is to upgrade their licenses to take advantage of the new law. The cost will range from $2K (for restaurants and hotels with an R license) to $32K (for bottle shops and grocery stores with an E license).
Holding a coveted R license now allows the holder to sell up to four bottles of wine per transaction. This is the part of the law that allows private wine shops. Restaurants can embed boutique wine shops into their dining rooms; the corner deli can be transformed into wine and cheese emporiums; the local bottle shop can turn into a haven for booze geeks of all stripes: beer, cider, and wine.
Wineries can now ship directly to consumers, up to 36 cases annually. The law does not allow retail wine stores to ship to PA, only wineries. This law puts PA law into line with the standards of wine shipping throughout the US, which has enormous benefits for the wine trade.
For a winery to ship to a customer in PA, they will have to obtain a direct wine shipper license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), which will cost $25o per year. There will be two taxes on the wines. First is a gallonage tax of $2.50 per gallon, adding $0.43 per bottle to the price. Sales tax for PA will also have to be collected. In Philly, that tax is currently 10%.
This is an interesting change. A limited winery can now offer a full selection of beers along with PA-made distilled spirits and their own wines. This affects the winery and their off-site licenses; wineries are allowed to have five retail wine shops in the state. The caveat is the beer and spirits have to be consumed on-premise.
Several paragraphs in the law are beneficial to the beer trade. The brewpub license has been extended. It now allows for serving PA wine (already allowed) and PA distilled spirits for on-site consumption.
The law normalizes distillery laws, which now mirror the laws for wineries and breweries. They can sell any available wine or beer at their locations (on-site consumption) along with their own products.
It is an open secret that some restaurants try to cut their costs by purchasing wines out of state. The practice is so common that the employees in a large wine shop in Delaware actually believe it is legal.
Only retailers sell imported wines to consumers in the U.S., not domestic wineries and certainly not foreign wineries. Until PA revises its laws to allow consumers to purchase from out-of-state wine retailers, all imported wines, nearly all rare and hard to find wines, and all wine of the month clubs will be inaccessible to Pennsylvania wine lovers.
Hi Amilcar, I would be happy to speak with you off line about bringing your wine into PA. We operate a small distribution company in PA and register most of our wines as SLO. Please feel free to contact me at Nicole@AmpelWine.com. Cheers!
Interesting question. If the wine is shipped from a winery directly to a customer, that is probably legal. If it goes through an intermediary, probably not. The issue revolves around an enticement to purchase. If the PLCB (the regulatory body) sees the wine as an enticement to purchase something else (say a car) then your client may get into trouble.
On the Website, Wine.com, I see that they ship wine to Pennsylvania. When I asked their online representative if they can ship to Pennsylvania, the representative said that they can ship from their New York warehouse. Is this true / correct
Many wine shops continue to ship into PA simply because the state has not enforced the law systematically, and there are questions if they can do so with their limited resources. That said, shops like Wine Library have been targeted by PLCB and they no longer ship into the state.
I am trying to put together a Spirits fundraiser for a non profit and I need some clarification. Are wineries,breweries and distillers permitted to sell at a tasting event If so, what is required of them and of me
Thank you for your reply. Since we are allowed to sell directly to the grocery store, what license is the grocery store required to have that allows them to purchase from a PA approved limited winery
If small package carriers such as UPS and FedEx are licensed to deliver wine in the state, how does that affect the contractors (S Corps) they use to make deliveries Are they covered under the license of UPS and FedEx or will they need to become an approved carrier as well
We have just taken another step backward for all the reasons Tom Walk of the National a wine retailers mentioned in his addendum. I had the good fortune to be able to purchase wines from national wine distributed Laithwaites for two years. It was a much needed and enjoyed relief from the archaic PLCB controlled system in PA. That company sold us competitively priced wines from all over the world including the USA . Under the new rules which were supposed to be a step forward instead of backward as a grown taxpaying adult I will no longer be able to purchase wine from this company. This is literally sour Grapes! 59ce067264