Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett announced his support for privatizing alcohol sales in Pennyslvania yesterday. Although privatization has widespread support among consumers, we believe it will hurt Philly wine lovers the most. Without the state monopoly, many of the great deals on wine we've been writing about on this blog (some of them not available anywhere else) would go away. A privatized Philadelphia wine market would probably look very similar to New Jersey, and Philadelphia wine consumers already have access (albeit illegal) to that market. Privatization, often touted as a way to expand choice for consumers, would actually result in less choice for Philadelphia wine drinkers. Philadelphia wine drinkers should oppose privatization, and push instead for legalizing wine buying in NJ and for allowing shipping of wine into Pennsylvania.