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Pennsylvania's General Assembly is considering changes to its direct wine shipment laws following the US Supreme Court's ruling that states cannot let their own wineries ship directly to consumers without giving out-of-state producers the same right.

At present, only wineries within Pennsylvania are allowed to ship wine directly to consumers in the state.

The state's General Assembly is now deciding on how to react to the Supreme Court ruling, whether to expand the right to direct sales to wineries from other states or remove the privilege from its own wineries. Senate and House legislative committees began hearing evidence from various wine industry representatives and others on Monday.

State politicians were told that the effective expansion of availability could increase underage drinking but were also told that the availability of a wider range of wines would be a boon to the state's restaurant sector.

The legislation now being discussed is likely to be drafted this autumn and will be put to the General Assembly early next year.


Sectors: Wine

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