Local Winery Weighs in on Updated Liquor Law

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Take-out wine could be coming to a grocery store, hotel, or restaurant near you. Governor Tom Wolf signed what he calls a ‘historic’ bill into law Wednesday. Local wineries say there are several benefits included in that new bill for them, as well as less stops for you.

With the stoke of a pen, things are about to get easier at Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery.
With Governor Wolf’s updated liquor law, soon you can buy their local, sustainable wines in a nearby grocery store.

“Especially on the weekends with lots of tourists, our local customers have difficulty coming in. So they’ll be happy to know when they go to pick up their dinner, they can pick up a bottle of wine as well”, says Linda Rice, owner.

Vina Doss of North Carolina adds, “down in North Carolina in the grocery store you can get your beer, get your wine, get your groceries.”

Rice is excited to sell her local products in her community.

“When I go visit another area I want to eat and drink what comes from that area”, says Rice.

Before the updated law, wine and spirits tasting had to be done in separate rooms by law. But now, couples or groups won’t have to split up. Wineries also had to sell their different products in different rooms and with separate cash registers. The current law only allows Mountain View to sell their wine at farmer’s markets. Now, the winery can add their spirits to the shelves.

In addition, the bill allows casinos to sell alcohol 24/7. It goes into effect in sixty days.
 

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