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Good wine retailers near KoP, PA

theseventhdawn Jul 18, 2009 10:06 AM

I am not sure whether this is the correct forum to ask about wine retailers near KoP, PA. I don't understand PA wine reselling law. If anyone can recommend some retailers other than wines & spririt or of any wine tasting events that happen around here; it will be much appreciated.

thanks

  1. Delucacheesemonger Jul 18, 2009 10:29 AM

    PA law states liquor/wine can only be bought in a 'state store'. Beer can be bought at a beer distributor but only by the case. All others purchases must be made at bars or restaurants.
    This is why many Pennsylvanians go to NY, NJ, MD, DE for their wine purchases.

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      HamOnMyBones Aug 15, 2009 03:19 PM

      we can get beer at wegman's now though ! i'm not sure about wine..

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      whiner Jul 18, 2009 04:07 PM

      Drive to NJ. There are some decent stores in/about Princeton -- shouldn't take more than a half hour each way. I can get you some names...

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        Den Aug 16, 2009 06:17 AM

        With respect, King of Prussia to Princeton cannot be done in 1/2 hour unless you're in a helicopter.

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          njfoodies Nov 12, 2009 08:26 AM

          In the Princeton area, the best stores are: CoolVines (Nassau and Alexander), Princeton Corkscrew(Palmer Square), Canal's Lawrenceville(Route 1), and Glendale (Quakerbridge Road). I frequent all 4 of these stores often.

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          j8715 Jul 18, 2009 06:37 PM

          total wine and more (just over the border in DE) has a huge selection and ok prices. If you are looking for more of a "boutique" you will be disappointed, this is more of a home depot... except filled with booze.

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            bucksguy14 Aug 15, 2009 07:39 PM

            If your looking for "boutique", Moore Brothers is the answer!

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            chefdilettante Jul 19, 2009 03:15 PM

            As indicated, PA runs a state monopoly. Occasionally, you'll find deals on wines through the "Chairman's Selections" but be aware that transport and storage conditions are suboptimal, to say the least.

            One of the best wines stores in the country, IMHO, is just across the river in Pensauken, NJ:

            http://moorebrothers.com/

            Specializes in small grower, artisanal growers.

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              njfoodies Nov 12, 2009 08:28 AM

              I could not agree "moore" on Moore Brothers. A great store with some small production bargains! Their weekend tastings are also good.

              Other stores in the area worth visiting incldue Total Wine on 38 in Cherry Hill, Canal's Bottlestop Marlton, Canal's on 38 in Pennsauken, Roger Wilco on Route 70 in Pennsauken, and The Wine Cellar off of Route 130 in Palmyra(or maybe it is Cinnaminson). -mJ

            2. theseventhdawn Aug 15, 2009 03:14 PM

              Thank you for responding. I wonder how Wegmans and Fresh market will sell their wine list. I havent had a chance to go to the Allentown Wegmans but i hear these wines aisles are run by Wines & Sprits and they refuse many brands unless they are local or american?

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                Buckethead Aug 16, 2009 07:21 AM

                ALL WINE in the state of PA is sold by the PA LCB, no matter whether it's sold in a Wine & Spirits store or in a small area in a Wegman's or wherever (which is still a Wine & Spirits store, just a small one). The wine is sold by state employees, the money goes to the state. The PA LCB is a state-run monopoly, no competition is allowed by law.

              2. Den Aug 16, 2009 06:20 AM

                Moore Brothers about 5 minutes off the Delaware Avenue exit of I-95 is a good spot for small vineyard wines. They have a good selection of French and Italian wines and they take exceptional care in making sure everything is temperature controlled.

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                  becky315 Aug 18, 2009 12:58 PM

                  There is a wine store in the KOP mall (Clover Hill Winerry I believe) I've never bought wine there though - anyone??

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                    shellbellc Aug 18, 2009 01:30 PM

                    Yes Becky, Clover Hill Winery and other PA winery's can sell their own wine. I don't believe that they can sell anything else though. There is also one in Coventry Mall.

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                    cosmo125 Aug 19, 2009 05:34 AM

                    If you are willing to drive a little while, there is an excellent wine store in Princeton called The Corkscrew. It would take you just about an hour to get there from King of Prussia. Wines there that you won't find at any wine/liquor store in PA. There is also Total Wine in Delaware with a huge selection. As far as closer to King of Prussia, the state store in the Gateway shopping center in Wayne has a fairly good selection with a small room of select wines as well.

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                      winechick78 Nov 10, 2009 08:15 AM

                      There is a new wine store in the Plymouth Meeting Mall called Toast-It! Wine & Gift Shop by Heritage Wine Cellars. We have free tastings every day and will have events soon.

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                      Plymouth Meeting Mall
                      Plymouth Meeting, PA, Plymouth Meeting, PA

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                        stirzthepot Nov 11, 2009 04:54 AM

                        Also attached to the Plymouth Mall is Whole Foods Market. I hear they will be selling beer 6 packs, growlers, and wine either by the glass or bottle. They are opening January 12th. I cannot wait!!

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                        Bigley9 Nov 10, 2009 09:57 AM

                        The state Store in Ardmore has a good selection as far as PA State Stores go

                        1. CucinadiNana Nov 10, 2009 11:17 AM

                          I recently did a tasting at the J. Maki winery - it was very nice, relaxed, lovely place. I did purchase a few bottles, including a really good Viognier. http://www.jmakiwinery.com/

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