"Two can be as bad as one…"

by Katie Pizzuto on February 2, 2010

in Wine Shipping

So it appears I’ve got two requests of my readers today. Don’t get your panties in a bunch….it doesn’t involve waiting for me in the getaway car, smuggling in Cuban rum or even watching my kid for a night. These are two things you can do from the comfort of that crappy chair you are sitting in, without getting off your precious internet. Ready?


Don’t know if you remember, but a while back I wrote about New Jersey being one of those idiot states where residents can’t receive wine directly from wineries, be they in-state or out-of-state (see here). Well, apparently the bill to permit direct shipping of wine to NJ residents is finally being voted on. S766, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) has been scheduled for a vote at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, in Trenton. Please, please, please, if you live in Jersey contact the members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee and urge them to support this legislation. We’ve lived under the tyranny of Fast-Fingered Freddie for way too long. Just visit UnCorkNJ and click the – Alert-Take Action – button. Fill out ALL the information, because these fields ensure that your message gets to all the members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee as well as your local legislators. If you have already sent a letter to your legislators, then please send another one and encourage your family and friends to visit UnCorkNJ to do the same. Every voice of discontent is needed.


Dale Cruse over at Drinks Are On Me asked if I would contribute a bit of wine-infused fiction to his blog, and I was happy to oblige. He supplied the photo that would serve as inspiration, and the rest was up to me. So do me a favor and stop by Dale’s site…check out the story…drop a comment. It’s good karma, trust me.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coupe 60 February 2, 2010

You are one hell of a writer Katie…


2 Katie Pizzuto February 2, 2010

Thanks dude….it was a lot of fun to do.


3 Don February 2, 2010

Done. You’ll have to hit Jim up for the NJ wine thing. I don’t think those Jersey “law makers” would listen to a little bit of western common sense.


4 Katie Pizzuto February 2, 2010

Good idea….I’ll drop him an email. And no, Jersey “law makers” don’t listen to common sense unless it’s accompanied by a crisp stack of unmarked bills. Thanks for checking out the fiction, too, Don!!


5 Coupe 60 February 2, 2010

On behalf of Mike “Smokenmirrors” I would like to tell you that you are doing a great job…

Official Emmisary of Smokenmirrors


6 castello February 2, 2010

Quit your day job and write us some steamy novels! Or maybe that is your day job.


7 Katie Pizzuto February 2, 2010

You mean an autobiography?! LOL. My steam is reserved for dumplings.


8 Don February 3, 2010

Loved the Nicholson reference in your comments Katie!


9 Katie Pizzuto February 3, 2010

LOL, thanks for noticing Don….technically his was “take away reason and accountability” so obviously I had to change it to “self control” for that one!


10 Don February 3, 2010

That is why it was a reference and not a quote. As Good As It Gets is one of my favorite movies!


11 Ben Simons February 3, 2010

Dumb ass shipping laws suck big time. I’m pulling for the people of New Jersey on this one. We just had a setback in our shipping laws here in Texas, but it’s nothing compared to what you are describing here. At least we can order from out of state wineries, just not retailers.

Also, your story on Drinks Are On Me was great. I love wine fiction, and have even written a little myself in the past.


12 Coupe 60 February 3, 2010

Katie, is that a picture of you in the Drinks are on me piece?


13 Katie Pizzuto February 4, 2010

As IF, Lou! You’ve never seen what I look like after all this time?! My mug is on both Twitter and Facebook, and trust me when I tell you it doesn’t come close to “Josephine”. LOL.


14 Coupe 60 February 4, 2010

Don’t sell yourself short….plus you get extra points for your non-aversion to swearing, your love of wines, and your ability to cook…Josie’s got nothing on you… LOL


15 Katie Pizzuto February 4, 2010

I can homebrew a mean beer too, Lou 🙂 Thanks. But there’s something else I have on Josie….oh, about 40 lbs. LOL.


16 Katie Pizzuto February 4, 2010

Just heard…here’s the update (good news):

A proposal to lift the ban on direct shipments from wineries was released by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee today without opposition. It now heads to the full Senate.


17 smokenmirrors February 4, 2010

Lou wanted me to post a thank you
for spreading the word about S766.
truly good news


18 Katie Pizzuto February 4, 2010

LMAO…thanks Mike. You two should be a comedy routine.


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