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2010-06-29 03:12:21 PM  
Action Seal: Pair-o-Dice: No wine in grocery stores in TN. Not yet.

/just sayin'

Liliac_Hill: Also New York. They were working on it a few months back, but it fell apart. I guess they were too busy NOT coming up with a passable budget to be bothered with other legislation.

Show us your Marx: In Massachusetts

Boo hiss, that sucks guys. There's wine everywhere in Texas. At the grocery stores, in corner stores, CVS, Walgreens, WalMart...all the finest box wine you can manage to drink straight from the spigot before you gag and have to wipe your chin.

When I visited South Carolina, I noticed all the liquor stores had to include three big dots on their storefront signage, as if to warn unsuspecting consumers that they're wandering into a liquor store. There sure are some goofy laws out there.

'Scuse me, I have to put some Eucerin on my gin blossoms.


Just remember that liquor is evil unless it's taxed and the local Jesus people have added some level of inconvenience to the process of obtaining it.
 
2010-06-29 03:20:08 PM  
Action Seal: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I don't think I can think of a better idea except, I don't know, perhaps SELLING WINE IN THE FARKING GROCERY STORE!

Where do you live that this is disallowed?


You're obviously unfamiliar with PA's antiquated liquor laws.
 
2010-06-29 03:26:47 PM  
bighairyguy: That's a uncommonly high for a glass of wine. The wine dispenser carousels (about 20 bottles) I've used will dispense three amounts, taste, half glass, glass, with prices like $3, $5, $9 respectively, and can vary widely depending on the wine. You buy it by using an in-store debit card. Each dispenser was loaded with a single bottle, and if the attendant likes you, you might get a an extra sip or two when they change out a bottle. A bottle is the equivalent of four glasses so it's probably not going sit around for an unacceptable length of time.

The article gave the top end of the range at $50 for a glass "Ten vending machines dispense 40 wines, ranging from Opus One ($50 a glass)...", so I was going with that. Another thing occurs to me also: Who buys a $50 glass of wine that they have to drink standing in a liquor store? Wouldn't you want to be in a nice restaurant with a good meal in front of you, or on your porch, feet up, with a good cigar?

But still, what is an acceptable length of time for the bottle to sit there? I am curious.
 
2010-06-29 03:28:37 PM  
floor9: What you may not understand is that here in Pennsylvania, where we're currently testing these things, you can not buy wine -- or any other form of alcohol -- at the supermarket. For that matter, you can't buy it at convenience stores or even a liquor store.

That's right -- you can't buy liquor at a liquor store.

Why? Because the state owns all the liquor stores, and they're not liquor stores. They're State Stores. You buy your wine from the state or directly from a winery. Our Liquor Control Board constantly says that this system prevents minors from consuming alcohol. I am not kidding.

By the way -- in our state, these kiosks shut down during the hours in which the state stores are closed. You can't buy wine at 10:30pm on a Thursday night, or 6pm on a Sunday.


The state stores are called "Wine and Spirits Shoppe" and they sell wine and liquor, at least in Harrisburg. Where in PA are you?
 
2010-06-29 03:36:36 PM  
pute kisses like a man: Detinwolf:Having a 24-hour store that sells liquor ain't all that bad. Not to mention having bars that don't have front doors. (I've always thought that a bar without a front door is more impressive than a bar that is open 24 hours; especially during hurricane times)

Very cool. Here in Texas you can only purchase beer before midnight or after 12p on Sunday

/Texas is a very repressed state/
 
2010-06-29 03:38:24 PM  
Action Seal:
There's wine everywhere in Texas. At the grocery stores, in corner stores, CVS, Walgreens, WalMart...all the finest box wine you can manage to drink straight from the spigot before you gag and have to wipe your chin.

Texas is funny like that. I was in one of the areas between Dallas and Ft. Worth (Farmers Branch?) and went into the store to get a 6 pack. The guy says "sorry, dry county".
"O.K., where do I need to go to get some cold ones?"
"across the street."
 
2010-06-29 03:51:15 PM  
Pair-o-Dice: Action Seal:
There's wine everywhere in Texas. At the grocery stores, in corner stores, CVS, Walgreens, WalMart...all the finest box wine you can manage to drink straight from the spigot before you gag and have to wipe your chin.

Texas is funny like that. I was in one of the areas between Dallas and Ft. Worth (Farmers Branch?) and went into the store to get a 6 pack. The guy says "sorry, dry county".
"O.K., where do I need to go to get some cold ones?"
"across the street."


Irving used to be as dry as a bone. You couldn't even purchase beer, yet you could go to the Chili's restraunt and order a drink.

Never understood that.....
 
2010-06-29 03:52:48 PM  
Show us your Marx: my GF is moving to Philly for school so I will get my first experience up there this fall.

this comment alone could start a thread all by itself
 
2010-06-29 03:57:50 PM  
feanturi: bighairyguy: That's a uncommonly high for a glass of wine. The wine dispenser carousels (about 20 bottles) I've used will dispense three amounts, taste, half glass, glass, with prices like $3, $5, $9 respectively, and can vary widely depending on the wine. You buy it by using an in-store debit card. Each dispenser was loaded with a single bottle, and if the attendant likes you, you might get a an extra sip or two when they change out a bottle. A bottle is the equivalent of four glasses so it's probably not going sit around for an unacceptable length of time.

The article gave the top end of the range at $50 for a glass "Ten vending machines dispense 40 wines, ranging from Opus One ($50 a glass)...", so I was going with that. Another thing occurs to me also: Who buys a $50 glass of wine that they have to drink standing in a liquor store? Wouldn't you want to be in a nice restaurant with a good meal in front of you, or on your porch, feet up, with a good cigar?

But still, what is an acceptable length of time for the bottle to sit there? I am curious.


There's no real set time. It's highly variable depending on the wine. I generally pitch anything over a week old but I rarely face that situation. I've kept good port around for several weeks. Even if it's lost it's edge, some wines could still be used for mulling or in a sangria.

Either plan your wine sipping over a few days or give the rest to your Mom and send her my way.
 
2010-06-29 04:00:20 PM  
Silverlining: The state stores are called "Wine and Spirits Shoppe" and they sell wine and liquor, at least in Harrisburg. Where in PA are you?

Harrisburg. The difference is that they aren't "liquor stores" like you see everywhere else in the country, where you might expect to find a varied selection and price structure at each store. Each store has the same brands at the same price and (mostly) the same hours. A handful are open until 10 some nights.

I don't agree with privatizing the state stores (selling the entire network off to a single private company). But it is time to open the market to private business. Revenue can be gathered from selling off the locations right now, and the loss of ongoing revenue can be heavily dampened by licensing retailers.
 
2010-06-29 04:01:07 PM  
Cytokine Storm: I'd like to see some fancier straws for those of us who like sipping a nice glass now and then.

Here ya go.
 
2010-06-29 04:02:42 PM  
i wouldn't have been able to make it through a business trip to Japan if it wasn't for the Sapporo in the vending machines...
 
2010-06-29 04:55:46 PM  
I went to one of them the other day. Hard to think you could make the state stores seem like a reasonable option but they've managed it. You have to take a breathalyzer test and there's a human employee at Liquor Control Board HQ looking at you through a closed-circuit camera to verify you are the person your driver's license says you are. It is literally a mechanical turk.
 
2010-06-29 04:59:54 PM  
And this is making news....why....?? Omaha has had wine vending dispensers at various wine bars for some time now. No big deal. It's nice though - no need to wait on your waiter anymore!
 
2010-06-29 05:27:01 PM  
I can just see these wines being dispensed at Wal-Mart:

Clos du Door
NASCARbernet
World Championship Riesling
Chateau des Moines
Chef Boyardeaux
Nasti Spumante

and my favorite...
Chardonny Osmond
 
2010-06-29 06:10:04 PM  
Orange Guy: I can just see these wines being dispensed at Wal-Mart:

Clos du Door
NASCARbernet
World Championship Riesling
Chateau des Moines
Chef Boyardeaux
Nasti Spumante

and my favorite...
Chardonny Osmond


I saw a display of cheap wine at Wal-Mart one time and just couldn't resist buying one. If I had to name it, it would be Chateau Sterneaux.

/Just say neaux, kids
 
2010-06-29 06:26:17 PM  
All2morrowsparTs: "Take away that old wine and get me the freshest you have!"
m.assetbar.com
 
2010-06-29 06:56:17 PM  
good idea in theory, bad in practice.
Trust me. I went to one of these things.
 
2010-06-30 07:07:06 AM  
A friend and I stopped by a Wegmans in central PA to try out these new wine kiosks.

What a crock of shait. You have to blow into a breathalyzer before you can purchase the wine. We both flunked the test. We were both totally sober. Very embarrassing, all these people standing around, looking at us like we were degenerates (well, we sort of are, but that's not the point). We left the store and we were kind of surprised that we were not stopped by the cops. I'm sure there is some sort of alarm that goes off if you blow hot.

The PA state store system is a joke, but these wine vending machines are a travesty.
 
2010-06-30 08:23:26 PM  
meh - saw a porn vending machine in Israel last year


didn't have my camera to hand, so no photo
 
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