October 3, 2016
Make sure your corkscrews are in a convenient location.
Pennsylvania convenience stores will enter a new era on Tuesday when the Sheetz at 359 East King Street in Shippensburg becomes the first in the state to sell wine.
Act 39, the "ABC and Wine Privatization Act," was passed in June and went into effect in August. It changed regulations on direct wine shipping, all-day liquor licenses for casinos, and expanded wine-to-go sales in groceries, restaurants and hotels. Customers will be able to purchase 3 liters, or 4 bottles of wine, in any one transaction at a grocery store, restaurant or hotel that holds an expanded restaurant permit.
As for direct wine shipment that the law also permits, consumers can buy wine directly only from participating wineries and are limited to 36 cases a year from any one vendor.
Louie Sheetz, of the Sheetz board of directors, will be joined by state House Speaker Mike Turzai for the official sale of the first bottle at 11 a.m. Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and Adam Harris, majority chairman of the House Liquor Committee, will also be on hand.