CollectionsPlcb
IN THE NEWS

Plcb

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
July 18, 2014
WANT TO open a bar in Pennsylvania and avoid the standard six-figure price tag for a liquor license? The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, through its extraordinarily lenient interpretation of the state liquor code, lets you do it for as little as $500. All it takes is a one-page application with none of the lengthy red tape and criminal background checks applicants normally face. The discount license is an unforeseen product of a 2012 liquor code amendment crafted by the Legislature to make it easier for licensees to cater one-day private events.
NEWS
July 31, 2010
Inquirer readers deserve better than the inaccurate column by Monica Yant Kinney on Pennsylvania wine and spirit shops ("Behind an upscale look, same old PLCB," Sunday). This isn't 1980. Today, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board uses its buying power to deliver competitive prices to its customers. It's modernizing its stores. It has Sunday hours. Stores are open in supermarkets. State-of-the-art wine kiosks are being readied for rollout in other supermarkets. If you can't find what you want, store clerks will tell you whether it can be brought in from another store or ordered for delivery to your store.
NEWS
December 4, 2011
Ever heard of Bullas, Spain? I hadn't, and neither had the specialty bottle purchasing honchos at the P.L.C.B. before they were presented with this highly rated bottle of 3000 Años (93 points from the Wine Advocate), knocked down from $90 to $29.99. Unfamiliarity, I suspect, is at the heart of the discount. But as one might surmise from label and name, wine has been made for three millennia in this region of southeastern Spain near Murcia. As in its better-known wine-producing neighbor, Jumilla, monastrell is the principal grape.
NEWS
May 29, 2011
Is there a more exciting place right now than Spain for wines that are both compelling and affordable? ¡Claro que no! And this fantastically drinkable 2007 El Molinet is only further proof. I discovered this tempranillo-cab blend from the Valencia region at La Tienda, a well-known Spanish import store in Virginia, where it was the perfect red to wash down nibbles of cuminy chorizo, peppery olives, and Spanish cheese. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this gem at the PLCB's handsomely revamped store on Columbus Boulevard.
NEWS
January 21, 1992 | BY HERMAN WOODEN
Having read your Dec. 2 editorial, "Don't Just Tinker With Taxes/Let Every Option Be Scrutinized," I must point out that 20 years of privatization proposals have failed, both because the State Liquor Stores maintain a clean and safe slate and because our present system is financially stable. Beer selling delis (recently investigated by the Philadelphia Inquirer) are "magnets of trouble near which people loiter and drink or sell drugs and strew the sidewalks with bottles and cans" (Inquirer front page, Nov. 24)
NEWS
May 15, 2008 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
CHUCK Stone was legendary in these pages for, among other things, his role as the man to whom fugitives would turn when they were ready to submit to authorities. My goals aren't so lofty. I'd be content to play peacemaker between a prodigal wine-lover and his former employer in an effort to expand the selection available to those of us who like to imbibe here in Pennsylvania. I think I'm well- suited to play King Solomon. Jonathan Newman was a law-school classmate of mine at Penn.
NEWS
June 11, 2003
IDON'T know what all the fuss is about kids skateboarding. I say, give them someplace to do something they enjoy. And then you don't have to worry about them in the streets doing things they shouldn't be doing. I just think it's a shame that people would not want a place for the young people to do their thing. Mildred Raso, Philadelphia A family update Re "The Lamentable Story of Deitra Manigo" by Ronnie Polaneczky (May 23): It is important to make a correction to the statement regarding the father of her youngest child.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
No PLCB games The 5,000 employees of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board don't play with fake money ("Monopoly money," Tuesday). Last year they generated more than $500 million in profits and taxes for the state. This is real money used to fund programs that impact public school students, seniors in nursing homes, and our most vulnerable citizens. The Commonwealth Foundation doesn't understand or care that, if the PLCB were dismantled, the revenue loss would result in more deep cuts to vital programs that serve those in need.
NEWS
July 13, 2008
The vibrant Spanish white called Albariño has begun to capture the imagination of winemakers around the world, so it's little surprise that intriguing renditions have appeared on Pennsylvania shelves from California (Bonny Doon's Ca' Del Solo, $18.99) to Uruguay (Bouza, $14.99). Each convincingly channels a different aspect of the grape's vibrance, from the grapefruit pithiness and racy acidity of Ca Del Solo to the soft mineral fizz of the Bouza. Yet neither upstart manages to quite deliver the balance and resonance of the Galician original.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
March 9, 2015
YOU KNOW all those lawyer jokes? Forget 'em. Starting today, Pennsylvania beer drinkers can buy a 12-pack at a beer distributor, thanks to a loophole in state liquor code discovered by a sharp-eyed lawyer. Elsewhere in America - in New Jersey, for example - purchasing a 12-pack is no big deal. But since the end of Prohibition, Pennsylvania, distributors have been forbidden to sell anything less than a case of 24 12-ounce bottles or a "single container" (namely, a keg) holding 128 ounces.
NEWS
January 30, 2015
IT'S NICE to be recognized. And it's even nicer to recognize what you've already got. If this first month of 2015 is any indication, this will shape up to be the year of the flattering mention, with national publications blaring their editorial trumpets in favor of fair Philadelphia.   The New York Times stuck us at No. 3 on its list of "52 Places to Go in 2015. " We beat out a bunch of stateside and worldwide destinations, edged only by Milan, Italy, and Cuba - not that it's a competition.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
WANT TO open a bar in Pennsylvania and avoid the standard six-figure price tag for a liquor license? The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, through its extraordinarily lenient interpretation of the state liquor code, lets you do it for as little as $500. All it takes is a one-page application with none of the lengthy red tape and criminal background checks applicants normally face. The discount license is an unforeseen product of a 2012 liquor code amendment crafted by the Legislature to make it easier for licensees to cater one-day private events.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board CEO Joseph Conti made $156,000 annually until his retirement last year, followed by months of "emergency" service at $80 an hour, for a job that did not exist before or since. In that sense, he may have earned the title "Super CEO," which was engraved on a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue presented to him by an executive with the alcohol giant Diageo, ethics officials found. "He seemed very appreciative," the executive recounted. No wonder: The premium Scotch whisky retails for about $170 - or, at LCB prices, $230.
NEWS
June 9, 2013
Bringing the fresh taste and eco-friendliness of wines on draft to Pennsylvania has been a doggedly thirsty quest for Terry Berch McNally from London Grill and William Reed of Johnny Brenda's. They recruited Reed's local state rep, Michael O'Brien, to help change state laws last summer to allow it. But nothing happens quickly in Pennsylvania when it comes to wine. Though in-state wines have been allowed on draft for some time, it took until Feb. 1 for the PLCB to finally permit out-of-state wine keg sales.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
Every so often, Pennsylvania gets a steep Chairman's Selection discount on a California red that might not be compelling enough to merit a list price approaching $48 - but is totally worth jumping on for $19.99. The 2010 Sonnette from Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, marked down more than 50 percent, is jump-worthy, for sure. Debuted with a Saturday tasting in the PLCB booth at this weekend's Rittenhouse Row Festival, and on sale in stores Monday, Sonnette (French for "little bell")
NEWS
January 27, 2013
It's sorry for not puttin' a foot in your mouth Subway is apologizing that its "Footlong" sandwiches fell short of expectations. The world's largest fast-food chain faced widespread criticism last week after a man posted a photo online showing a "Footlong" next to a tape measure that showed the sandwich to be just 11 inches. Subway said Friday that it's redoubling efforts to "ensure consistency and correct length" in all its sandwiches. In a statement Friday, Subway expressed "regret" for "any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
No PLCB games The 5,000 employees of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board don't play with fake money ("Monopoly money," Tuesday). Last year they generated more than $500 million in profits and taxes for the state. This is real money used to fund programs that impact public school students, seniors in nursing homes, and our most vulnerable citizens. The Commonwealth Foundation doesn't understand or care that, if the PLCB were dismantled, the revenue loss would result in more deep cuts to vital programs that serve those in need.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
"W ow" is not my usual first word to describe a Pennsylvania wine store, but the PLCB's new mega-space in Northern Liberties (180 W. Girard Ave.) is vast and shiny enough to prompt it. Of course, Ugh is my next word when the hunt begins for someone (anyone!) to help knowledgeably navigate the 3,300-plus selections. No such luck on a midweek day. So here I am, offering up two hot tips for great bottles to be found in the massive collection of Store #5125. First, there are a few bottles left of Domaine Durand's 2008 Cornas Empreintes.
NEWS
January 10, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - That Skinnygirl Margarita may soon cost you more. Same goes for your favorite Malbec and Chardonnay, not to mention your choice of vodka, scotch and liqueur. The state Liquor Control Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to approve an increase in prices on more than 450 wines and hard liquor brands. The increases, requested by the vendors of the alcoholic beverages, are usually proposed for either $1 and $2, but go as low as 50 cents and as high as $5. If the board votes in favor of the increase, it would mark the first time in a year and a half that wine and liquor prices have gone up. In that time, the board has rejected requests for hikes, given the bad economy.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|