That was made clear earlier this afternoon during the second of three hearings by the Senate Law and Justice Committee focused on the retail aspects of getting the state out of the business of selling alcohol.
A second hearing in front of Pennsylvania state senators Tuesday on the liberalization of wine, beer and liquor laws appeared to solidify support for legislation that would allow private-sector sales of wine and liquor, but would not end every aspect of state control.
If there appears to be a strong association between state control of liquor in Pennsylvania and a lack of personal control among Pennsylvania residents, and an association between no state control in neighboring states and stronger personal control, why are all these groups convinced that hell is privatization?
Hudson Valley Wine Market on Main Street in Gardiner has the greatest inventory of homegrown Hudson Valley wines of any wine boutique. Owner Perry Goldschein, who purchased the business (formerly known as Enthusiastic Spirits) in January of 2013 from town supervisor Carl Zatz, said that he has "always enjoyed good wine."
"If you told me six months ago that I could find 40 lunatics to buy that wine, I would have told you you were crazy," said St. John Frizell, owner of Fort Defiance, a restaurant-bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
"The Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is excited about creating a wine trail in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, New York's newest wine region," said Gerry Barnhart, the association's acting chair, who owns Victory View Vineyard in Washington County.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced Wine Week 2013 celebrations will kick off with The Wine Festival in Hershey, on Wednesday, May 8, followed by the Pittsburgh Wine Festival on Thursday, May 9 and the Philadelphia Wine + Food Festival on Friday, May 10. Each event will feature more than 600 wines and 100 vintners.