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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
June 14, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Wine on supermarket shelves. Beer sold in 12-packs. Sunday liquor purchases. Is this really Pennsylvania? Last week's enactment of a law that will let hundreds of stores add by-the-bottle wine sales was the latest in a slow drip of efforts by lawmakers and regulators to loosen the state's long-derided grip on its system of alcohol control, and nudge the Keystone State into the 21st century. What remains to be seen is whether the changes will be enough, for now, to quell the advocates who have called for turning over the system to private enterprise, or whether it will, instead, just speed the momentum in that direction.
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.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Expect more. Pay less. Then drink and be merry. Target's neighbor in Center City's Market East neighborhood will be a jumbo-sized wine and spirits shop, as the area's growing base of residents and restaurants stokes the demand for booze. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members voted in August to lease space near 11th and Chestnut Streets beside the future Target, spokesman Shawn Kelly said Wednesday. The Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop will occupy about 14,000 square feet of ground floor and basement space in a mixed-use development now under construction by Brickstone Cos., said Larry Steinberg, a senior vice president at real estate brokerage CBRE.
FOOD
April 15, 2016 | By Wendy Ramunno, For The Inquirer
It's just before midnight on a Thursday when they straggle into the hushed lobby of the Rittenhouse Hotel, many bleary-eyed from their restaurant shifts, each toting a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag. Upstairs in Lacroix's private dining room, these servers and sommeliers gather around a long table, pouring their wines into decanters and arranging their spit cups. After a few stifled yawns, the group is primed for a deep dive into this week's theme: domestic reds. Led by Justin Timsit, the hotel's wine director, and his assistant sommelier, Samantha Germani, more than a dozen participants from some of the city's top restaurants - Volver, Serpico, Fork - take turns trying to identify the wines based on appearance, aroma, and taste.
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)
BUSINESS
October 26, 2015
Charlie Mooney had his white notebook binder with him, complete with a revenue analysis chart. Mooney is not a high-flying CEO, or a bean counter from Wall Street. He is director of retail operations at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which runs the 604 Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores in the state. State stores have long been despised for limited selection, high prices, and poor service. But Mooney uses such terms as "rebranding" and "consumer-friendly" in describing the state's effort since 2010 to revamp the stores to boost sales and fend off privatization, which continues to be a goal of the GOP-run legislature.
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.
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NEWS
June 24, 2016
"BREAKING: SIX-PACKS APPROVED FOR SALE AT PENNSYLVANIA GAS STATIONS!" - Headline on Gov. Wolf's blog WITH THAT, Pennsylvania, your beer laws have finally entered the 20th century. And, yes, I do mean last century, for despite the screaming caps, last month's approval is both meaningless and illustrative of the small thinking that accompanies liquor regulation in this state. For starters, the approval applies only to nine gas stations statewide, and most are in the boondocks, so . . . next time you are in Mahanoy City, fill 'er up!
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Wine on supermarket shelves. Beer sold in 12-packs. Sunday liquor purchases. Is this really Pennsylvania? Last week's enactment of a law that will let hundreds of stores add by-the-bottle wine sales was the latest in a slow drip of efforts by lawmakers and regulators to loosen the state's long-derided grip on its system of alcohol control, and nudge the Keystone State into the 21st century. What remains to be seen is whether the changes will be enough, for now, to quell the advocates who have called for turning over the system to private enterprise, or whether it will, instead, just speed the momentum in that direction.
FOOD
April 15, 2016 | By Wendy Ramunno, For The Inquirer
It's just before midnight on a Thursday when they straggle into the hushed lobby of the Rittenhouse Hotel, many bleary-eyed from their restaurant shifts, each toting a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag. Upstairs in Lacroix's private dining room, these servers and sommeliers gather around a long table, pouring their wines into decanters and arranging their spit cups. After a few stifled yawns, the group is primed for a deep dive into this week's theme: domestic reds. Led by Justin Timsit, the hotel's wine director, and his assistant sommelier, Samantha Germani, more than a dozen participants from some of the city's top restaurants - Volver, Serpico, Fork - take turns trying to identify the wines based on appearance, aroma, and taste.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
AS a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I've recently attended public hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf's 2016-17 state budget plan, learning about the fiscal health of commonwealth agencies. I was particularly pleased to hear that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board sold a record-setting $2.34 billion in wine and spirits in fiscal year 2014-15. However, to ensure the agency keeps growing sales, the PLCB has agreed with House Democrats that we must make the state system more convenient for customers.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
The Tria cafes remain among the city's best destinations to go exploring the most unfamiliar reaches of the wine world. And my most recent Tria-inspired vino-fatuation is the Austrian grape called Blaufränkisch, a thick-skinned and late-ripening red (also called Lemberger, which has been used with some success in Pennsylvania) that has the weight of pinot noir, lush fruit notes, an earthy framework, and mouthwatering acidity that's versatile with food. Of course, for additional wonk factor, Tria's Blaufränkisch comes from Kobal, a biodynamic vineyard in Slovenia, which Tria wine director Michael McCaulley says is lighter than some Austrian counterparts, with a lingering spice that tastes like paprika.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2015
Charlie Mooney had his white notebook binder with him, complete with a revenue analysis chart. Mooney is not a high-flying CEO, or a bean counter from Wall Street. He is director of retail operations at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which runs the 604 Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores in the state. State stores have long been despised for limited selection, high prices, and poor service. But Mooney uses such terms as "rebranding" and "consumer-friendly" in describing the state's effort since 2010 to revamp the stores to boost sales and fend off privatization, which continues to be a goal of the GOP-run legislature.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Expect more. Pay less. Then drink and be merry. Target's neighbor in Center City's Market East neighborhood will be a jumbo-sized wine and spirits shop, as the area's growing base of residents and restaurants stokes the demand for booze. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members voted in August to lease space near 11th and Chestnut Streets beside the future Target, spokesman Shawn Kelly said Wednesday. The Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop will occupy about 14,000 square feet of ground floor and basement space in a mixed-use development now under construction by Brickstone Cos., said Larry Steinberg, a senior vice president at real estate brokerage CBRE.
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.
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