Costa, Gov. Tom Wolf welcome wine sales in Pa. grocery store

HARRISBURG, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in the rolling launch of wine sales in grocery sales in Pennsylvania.

With Wegmans in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County as the backdrop, the governor purchased the first bottle of wine as part of the store’s initial pilot test launch for wine-to-go sales. The Wegmans location already offers sales of six-packs of beer, said Costa, Democratic chairman of the Liquor Control Committee.

"With this store now offering customers the opportunity to purchase wine along with their groceries, it is adding the consumer convenience many Pennsylvanians have been asking for," Costa said. "I look forward to seeing more businesses finally providing this convenience which will also help raise revenue for the commonwealth."  

As of Aug. 31, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved 120 wine expanded permits for wine-to-go sales, including Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle. The approval is part of the changes under Act 39 when it went into effect on Aug. 8. Other changes include allowing more Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores to be open on Sundays, expanding hours and allowing residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes.