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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Good Bye Good Wine

The chairman of the PLCB has resigned, and a CEO at twice the salary has replaced him. Unfortunately, that's really bad news for those of us who had been flocking in for the Chairman's Choice wines. Nationally recognized for the bargain prices on superb wines, the program was the brainchild of Jonathan Newman, who resigned in protest over Rendell's sweetheart appointment of crony Joe Conti, a Republican and former state senator. What was the deal?

Now we'll be back to Boones Farm

5 Comments:

Blogger HarrisburgNightlife.com said...

Republicans drink good wine.

January 04, 2007  
Anonymous BlueLagoon said...

Did you miss the part about the "bargain prices"?

January 04, 2007  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

The Chairman's Choice selections have been great. I've bought some very very fine wines for half or one third the regular retail price, and the selection has been better than at some of the large wine stores in DC. He got me back into PLCB stores after having given up on the poor selection. But I fear that the good selection at good prices will be a thing of the past, as such things are dependent on the good nose and taste of an individual, not just on some bureaucrat/appointee with no wine knowledge.

January 04, 2007  
Blogger HarrisburgNightlife.com said...

I will admit I was not impressed with the way Rendell handled this issue. I have always eyed the PLCB with a lot of skepticism. I for one despise the PLCB until it allows for full privatization without state control. I have an even greather loathe for Fast Eddie.

However, Rendell's decision was based on his intent to run the bureau as a business. Newman has done a great job of pulling the state stores out of the stone age and bringing more choices, hours and better prices to consumers.

I know you worry all of this will go away, but understand that if the PLCB is to thrive as a business, it will have to work with consumer demand. The consumers have spoken under Newman's tenure and I'm sure improvements will continue under Conti as well.

January 04, 2007  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

What experience does Conti have in wine? Or in running a multi-million dollar business? Being a state senator isn't enough. Why the secrecy? Why no hearings?

January 04, 2007  

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