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Quietly changing a long-standing practice, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board began last week allowing shipments of wine and liquor to home and business addresses.
Before then, customers could order a specific winery's Chateauneuf-du-Pape or obscure whiskey and pick it up only at a state-run store. With this change, for a fee, those deliveries can go instead to homes and offices.
"It's a pretty big change" in policy, board spokeswoman Stacey Witalek said.
The board debated making the change for several years, she said, fearful that wine and liquor would make it into the hands of the underaged far more easily. To satisfy that concern, the board enlisted shipping giant UPS as a partner and will require a signature and a valid photo ID at delivery.
"After that, it's in the house and it's just the same as before," Ms. Witalek said.
Shipping fees will include a charge of $14 on an order of between one and three bottles and an additional dollar for each bottle beyond that.
First Published November 29, 2011 3:33 pm