Bakers seek new law for Rhode Island's beloved wine biscuit

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Posted: May 18, 2016 12:27 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island bakers are asking lawmakers to make it easier for them to create an Italian-American treat.

The state Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on legislation to create a special wine biscuit license that would allow bakers to buy up to 2,000 gallons of wine a year from wholesalers.

North Providence baker Kristen Catanzaro requested the bill. She says she wants to be able to buy wine like she buys her flour, in bulk, instead of making trips to the liquor store.

Wine biscuits are a tradition passed down over generations in the state's Italian-American households. Bakers mix red wine into dough and to create the crunchy cookie.

One of the bill's co-sponsors, Democratic Sen. Erin Lynch Prata, says the exception to the state's strict alcohol laws will help sustain the beloved treat.