Rutter's becomes 1st Berks convenience store to sell wine

YORK, Pa. - The first convenience store in Berks County to sell beer has now become the first to add wine to its inventory.

The Rutter's off Route 61 in Hamburg is now among six stores in the York-based chain to sell both beer and wine, company officials announced Monday.

The wine varieties include cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, and merlot.

"We are looking for more and more opportunities where we can give our customers what they need and provide them with the convenience they deserve," said Robert Perkins, Rutter's vice president of marketing. "With summer right around the corner, this is the perfect time to expand our beer and wine selections."

The hours during which wine can be sold vary from beer, due to Pennsylvania Act 39. Customers can buy wine Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The state's per-purchase limit is 3,000ml, which is equivalent to four standard 750ml bottles or two 1.5 liter bottles.

Wine sales in Berks County have also expanded in recent months to some Giant and Weis grocery stores that also sell beer.

The Rutter's in Hamburg, which opened in late September, began selling a selection of craft, domestic and imported beers and ciders in November.

By law, beer can be sold Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The store's refrigerated "beer cave" and restaurant area is accompanied by seating for at least 30 customers.

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