We're planning a vacation in which we will be leaving Pa. and lodging in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina (in that order). We want to purchase a case of wine at some point in our trip, and wonder which state has the lowest prices/best selection? It is certainly not here at home in Pa., so I'm wondering if we should wait until a particular point in our trip to purchase wine. We're leaving Pa. and spending one night in Ga. on our way to Florida, then seven nights in Florida, then seven nights in S.C. Any ideas?
Probably depends on the city and the particular store than the state. The only differences between states will be how much they tax alcohol. Factor in that different stores will price the same product differently and that some stores will have sales, and you're best off just going with what you think looks like a good value to you.
>>> We want to purchase a case of wine at some point in our trip, and wonder which state has the lowest prices/best selection? <<<
In terms of PRICES, Brad is absolutely right. No matter what you find, you aren't going to be saving so much money as to pay for your hotel room . . . let alone a tank of gas!
In terms of SELECTION, that will vary completely with the store itself. I grant you Pennsylvania is not the world's first choice in terms of price and selection, but -- for example -- the state-controlled stores there will often carry more wines from Hand Picked Selections (an excellent source of imported wines) than do many other retail sources.
That said, certainly a big, well-known retail in Miami (e.g.: Crown) will have a better selection than will a store in Cokesbury, South Carolina!
The one other piece of advice I would offer is to buy something you can't get through the PLCB rather thatn something you can but you find cheaper in whatever state you are in.
For shear price and selection, when in Florida find a Total Wine & Spirits. There's one in Jacksonville that you could spend an entire day inside of. They have great prices and a massive selection.