May 26, 1987 |
The availability of an $85 bottle of Dom Perignon may have dominated Pennsylvania's Great Liquor Debate in the past, but arguments over a $5.99 case of Old Milwaukee could be the focus of the future. As the legislature haggles over how best to construct a new state liquor system, an intense lobbying campaign has begun that has nothing to do with fine wines. Instead, the issue is beer - or, more appropriately, beer distributors. "I think the issue of wine has been over with," said Sen. Eugene F. Scanlon (D., Allegheny)
April 30, 1987 |
The House yesterday approved Gov. Casey's plan to retain the state- controlled liquor system, but it eliminated a provision added Tuesday that would have permitted beer distributors to sell wine coolers. Lawmakers approved the measure, 166-32, after 2 1/2 hours of debate yesterday and nearly five hours the day before. With the legislature facing a June 30 deadline to restore the state liquor system, the measure now moves to the Republican-dominated Senate, where it is likely to encounter stiffer opposition.
April 29, 1987 |
In a pair of surprise moves, the House approved amendments to Gov. Casey's liquor bill last night that would permit beer distributors to sell wine coolers and require the state to establish a new set of specialty wine shops. Both developments, which are likely to be reconsidered today, came near the end of almost five hours of debate, during which the lawmakers considered 52 amendments. With the passage of the wine-cooler and wine amendments - and the likelihood of more amendments to come - Majority Leader James J. Manderino (D., Westmoreland)
March 11, 1987 |
Two South Jersey chums who plotted for a month to kidnap, rape and murder a girl, gulped wine coolers and grabbed a 17-year-old girl they barely knew, then raped, bludgeoned, beat and stabbed her before leaving her to die in the woods, authorities said yesterday. The victim's remains were found by hunters in Voorhees Township on Nov. 16, three months after she was slain. She remained unidentified until last week, when a relative spotted widely publicized pictures of a reconstructed clay sculpture of the victim's head.
November 21, 1986 |
An alternative to divestiture of the state Liquor Control Board that would allow beer distributors to sell wine coolers - but not other wine products - has been rejected by Gov. Thornburgh. Thornburgh's action increases the possibility that he will carry out his threat to dismantle the state's liquor monopoly beginning Jan. 1. The alternative to complete divestiture was floated yesterday by Senate Democrats, and was endorsed earlier this week by Gov.-elect Robert P. Casey, according to Sen. Mark Singel, D-Cambria.
October 3, 1986 |
Half a dozen three-piece-suited executives fumble through their briefcases, pausing to listen to the drone of flight information. One savors the last drag of his fourth cigarette as he settles into another half-hour wait in the USAir lounge at Philadelphia's International Airport. Slouching into his chair, another man yawns loudly and closes his eyes for a nap. A young girl, her nose pressed against the glass window, follows the slow descent of a DC-10. "Is our plane here yet, mommy?"
October 2, 1986 |
A strike against a group of California wineries, including two of the nation's largest, apparently collapsed yesterday in the face of a threat by the wineries to hire permanent replacements for the strikers. Although union ballots on the wineries' contract offer still were being counted yesterday after voting in several wine-region cities, union leaders acknowledged that their members appeared ready to accept the wage cuts and other concessions demanded by the winemakers. "We may have lost this battle, but we'll never lose the war," said Lonnie Sloan, vice president of Local 186 of the winery workers' union.
September 10, 1986 |
David Brenner's new late-night television talk show didn't quite die during its premiere, but it certainly slipped into a coma. The most interesting thing about it was an injury to his guest the day before. If Brenner's new Nightlife series doesn't soon show some zip, an insomniac's favorite tick on the dial will be Channel 29 at 11 p.m., when WTAF is running this syndicated series each week night. Monday night's premiere was slow enough to make a speed freak drowsy. Brenner lucked out with his first guest, Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who had sustained a shoulder separation in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
August 30, 1986 |
The best thing about drinking wine cooler used to be that you didn't have to think about it at all. Drinking wine cooler wasn't like drinking real wine. You didn't have to worry about body or bouquet or vintage or what to drink with what. You just unscrewed the cap and swallowed. Now, with the proliferation of coolers - there are more than 100 different kinds - choosing one and drinking it requires some thought, even some expertise. Fortunately, there is someone to whom you can turn for guidance, namely me. My book, "A Beginner's Guide to Wine Cooler Appreciation (North America)
August 29, 1986 |
When last we saw them, Frank Bartles and Ed Jaymes were posing in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, which Ed had just bought, thanking us once again for our support. Before that, Bartles and Jaymes were sitting on a big block of ice, trying to figure out a good visual device to sell Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers on ice. And before that, they were in New York City, wondering what the natives there see in doughnuts and cream cheese. Ah, what a couple of countrified cutups. Where will they turn up next?