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Wine Aficionados Mourn as Pennsylvania Judge Approves Dumping

  • Liquor code doesn't permit sale of forfeited wine, judge says
  • Collection includes California boutique winery Turley

In a case followed by wine aficionados and opponents of Pennsylvania’s restrictive liquor laws, a judge cleared the way for the state to toss 1,352 coveted vintages seized last year from the collection of a Philadelphia-area lawyer charged with illegal sales.

Chester County Judge Edward Griffith in an ruling Tuesday rejected an argument from Chester County Hospital that wanted to sell the wine to raise funds. He said the state’s laws don’t permit such sales of forfeited alcohol although he might agree that “such use of condemned wine would serve a good and noble purpose.”