Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Approves 81 Wine Expanded Permits

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  There are new laws in place concerning wine permits and direct shipment of wine

On Monday, 81 wine expanded permits had been approved out of 174 requests submitted to the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has issued approvals just one week after the new permit to sell wine to go became available when Act 39 went into effect

 Each permit was approved after verification that the applicant meets all statutory requirements and provided information required for the permit to be granted.

 
A wine expanded permit cannot be granted unless the licensee is certified through the Responsible Alcohol Management Program. The majority of wine expanded permits still under review require such certification, and licensees are being notified of the steps they must take to become certified.
 
 
 Also, with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) approval yesterday of the first direct wine shipper licenses under Act 39, Pennsylvania residents may now have wine shipped directly to their homes.
 
Under the new direct wine shipping provisions of Act 39, Pennsylvania residents may receive up to 36 cases (up to nine liters per case) per year of wine shipped by a wine producer licensed by the PLCB as a direct wine shipper.  The 36-case annual limit is per direct wine shipper, and direct-shipped wine must be for personal use.
 
Act 39, which became effective last week, lifted a number of restrictions to direct wine shipping in Pennsylvania:
  • Now, wine can be shipped directly to consumers’ homes. Previously, only limited wineries were permitted to ship directly to residents homes. Other direct wine shipments had to be delivered to Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores for pick up by the consumer.
  • The limit to direct wine shipment purchases is now up to 36 cases per year from a single direct wine shipper, three times the previous limit of nine liters per month, the equivalent of one case per month.
  • The restriction that only wines not offered for sale by the PLCB could be direct shipped has been eliminated.
 
Direct-shipped wine is subject to state and local sales tax and a $2.50 per gallon wine excise tax. Previously, direct shipped wine was subject to sales tax, Pennsylvania’s 18 percent liquor tax and a handling fee.
  

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