Back in 2011 when we went to a family reunion in Pittsburgh I wrote about the pain in the neck Pennsylvania liquor laws when it came to even buying beer. Well, I'm glad to know this wasn't just my imagination. A story from Reason.com gives an even more fleshed out look at how really ridiculous things are in that state.
Pennsylvania state police agents raided the home of a lawyer and his wife and took away all 2400 bottles of their wine from their wine cellar. "This bizarre and infuriating case involves no illicit substance whatsoever. It's a case about wine. Legally purchased wine, at that."
Here's the first absurdity: The legal case was titled, Pennsylvania v. 2,447 Bottles of Wine. Do you see the weirdness? The suit is not pitting the state against the owners of the wine but against the wine itself. You can read the whole thing at the link, but it's safe to say we should all be glad we don't live in Pennsylvania when we want to buy wine or any other spirit.
Here are a couple other Pa liquor laws:
"Want to buy wine over the internet? Pennsylvania says go right ahead, so long as the buyer has "it shipped to the Wine & Spirits Store of their choice." The state wants to keep an eye on what you're buying—especially because it won't let you buy wines that are available in the state store."
Driving through Pennsylvania with a few bottles of wine, and think it's alright to stop off at hotel for the night? Since your wine's not "merely transported through the state, without stopping, the law would seem to indicate that you need a buy a license for that wine—whether you drink it or leave it in the car."
"Pennsylvania is the only state besides Utah to control retail and wholesale liquor operations, residents must purchase wine and spirits from state stores or in-state wineries."