As the holidays approach, you probably have a lot on your plate. Between running back and forth to the grocery store, pulling the folding chairs out of deep storage and dusting your decorative gourds, the time can get away from you. Fortunately, there’s one errand you can cross off your list: Many of your favorite Pennsylvania wineries may be happy to ship a couple of cases directly to your door. It’s not only an easy shortcut for holiday entertaining, but the best gift ever for the wine lover in your life — signed, sealed and delivered without you having to leave the house.
Many Pennsylvania producers hold what the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) calls a “direct wine shipper license.” This enables Pennsylvania wineries to send their goods straight to consumers via UPS or FedEx. All they need to do is verify your age, and have the package greeted at your home or business by someone of legal age.
For Pennsylvanians, the yearly limit is 36 cases per resident, per direct wine shipper license, which should be enough to satisfy even your thirstiest cousin. Just check a winery’s website to place an order or contact the producer directly to get a full report on your options. Are you a PA wine enthusiast living outside the borders of the Commonwealth? Each state has their own regulations, and shipping laws apply to a package’s destination, so place a quick call to or check the website of the winery of your choice to find answers to all your mail-order-wine queries.
Another option for bringing a little sparkle to your holiday season is to join a wine club and have a curated selection of vino sent monthly or quarterly. Quite a few of the state’s producers offer wine clubs, including Waltz Vineyards, Penns Woods Winery, Spring Gate Vineyard, Crossing Vineyards & Winery, The Vineyard at Grandview, Allegro Winery and Blue Mountain Vineyards. It’s a creative gift idea that keeps on giving throughout the year. Check with your local wineries to see if they have a wine club.
So whether you’re throwing an intimate Thanksgiving dinner for friends, a Christmas lunch with family or a Hanukkah dreidel tournament, it’s the ideal moment for a case of Pennsylvania wine. And the guests surely won’t notice if that twelfth bottle goes missing.