Just got a hold of this juicy number from Oklahoma, no pun intended: Tulsa World: Grocery wine measure corked. Apparently the State Senator Andrew Rice (D) from Oklahoma City tried to get a bill put on the floor that would allow grocery stores to sell wine and high-point beer. Right now grocery stores are not allowed to and Rice claims that it not only hurts businesses, since wine and beer are highly profitable, but it also prevents some big-chain stores from coming into Oklahoma, since many of their main profits come from the sale of wine and beer. Well, it didn't fail on the floor, because it never made it there. The bill was killed in a Senate committee before it even had a chance to be voted on by the people.
It still shocks me that, after all this time, there are still antique wine laws that exist like that. In some states you're not allowed to buy liquor on Sundays - all the bars and liquor stores have to close. And according to Free the Grapes, some states, including Maryland and New Jersey, still don't allow direct shipping of wine to consumers. It's actually a felony in Maryland. Can you believe it? An actual felony! Cruelty to animals and spousal abuse are only misdemeanors, yet receiving wine at your house is a felony? It's ridiculous!
I encourage anyone, especially those living in Oklahoma, Maryland and New Jersey, to speak out on behalf of our poor defenseless grapes ... after all, all they want is a home inside of our bellies!