Law allows bakers to buy bulk wine for making wine biscuits

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 17, 2016 photo a red wine biscuit, left, sits next to a white wine biscuit, right, at a bakery in Pawtucket, R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a law to help bakers buy wine in bulk for use in making crunchy Italian-American treats called wine biscuits, Monday, June 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s governor has signed a law to help bakers buy wine in bulk for use in making crunchy Italian-American treats called wine biscuits.

A spokeswoman says Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the legislation into law on Monday.

Wine biscuits are cookies commonly sold by Rhode Island’s Italian-American bakeries but are difficult to find elsewhere. Bakers mix wine into dough to create them.

The law creates a wine biscuit license letting bakers each buy up to 2,000 gallons of wine a year from wholesalers. It had been proposed for years by baker and Democratic North Providence Town Councilwoman Kristen Catanzaro, who didn’t want to have to make trips back and forth to a liquor store for wine.

Supporters say it was a way to update antiquated state liquor laws.

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