HARRISBURG, March 28, 2012 In what State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) called a victory for consumer choice, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would permit direct shipment of wine to Pennsylvania residents.

“Our state stores have a great selection of fine wines, but they cannot possibly offer wines from every winery across the country on their limited shelf space,” said Farnese. “By opening up direct shipment as an option, we will give wine lovers from all corners of the state unlimited choice and convenience when selecting a bottle of wine.”

Under Senate Bill 790, which is now in the House, Pennsylvania residents would be able to receive up to 18 liters of wine (equivalent to 24 750 milliliter bottles) through direct shipment per month. Consumers would be allowed to purchase the wine from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board-licensed shippers online, through the mail or by telephone.

Direct shippers of wine would be required to verify the age of the purchaser, pay a one-time $100 licensing fee and pay all applicable taxes.  Farnese, who co-sponsored the bill, introduced a similar measure last March.

Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.