Legislation Involving Direct Shipping of Wine to PennsylvaniaIn May 2005, the Pennsylvania law that allowed in-state wineries to ship wines directly to Pennsylvania residents, but prohibited out-of-state wineries from doing the same was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. This decision was further reinforced by an order from Hon. John P. Fullam, Senior Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Cutner v. Newman in November, 2005. Yet, the Pennsylvania Liquor and Control Board (LCB) continues to drag its heels on promoting legislation to allow direct shipments of wine to Pennsylvania consumers. Two direct to consumer (DTC) bills have been introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature (House Bill 255, Godshall and Senate Bill 293, Ferlo), but both remain in committee. The ability for the state to collect the 18% state liquor tax (aka Johnstown Flood Tax) on out-of-state wine shipments appears to be the issue holding up any legislation allowing direct wine shipments to Pennsylvania consumers.