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LCB Still Assessing Local Impact Of Strong Earthquake In ‘Wine Country’

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By Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sunday’s historic 6.0 magnitude earthquake in California caused significant damage to businesses connected to the wine industry, but how did it impact wine lovers in this region?

Wine from the Napa Valley is popular in Pennsylvania and Doug Hitz, the Director of Planning and procurement at the PA Liquor Control Board, says at this point, it’s not affecting availability:

“We do have all of our suppliers who are currently assessing all of their current inventory in their warehouses and facilities, so its unclear as to how much inventory was actually damaged during the earthquake, but as of right now, it seems to be of limited impact.”

But will the prices of these wines go up?

“Short term, no,” says Hitz, “because the vendors we deal with have quoted their product to us a specific price. As far as long-term I really don’t want to speculate on that.”

For now, Hitz thinks they’ve got pretty good inventory in the stores and warehouse and that they were able to get a truck load out of California this week.

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