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March 16, 2011

Wine samples delivered to you door! NEVER MIND, you live in Maryland and can't have it

tootsHello Suckers, as Toots Shor Texas Guinan used to say.

Check out this neat-o innovation in wine buying:

Tasting Room packages samples of wine in 50 ml. mini bottles complete with miniature versions of the real labels. Take a look. And check out the samplers.

Great little gifts, right, an all-around appealing idea -- Eater even has a coupon for the the Tasting Room today.

Or maybe it's actually a very stupid idea, but you'll never know.

Because if you live in Maryland, the Free Sucker State, you can't order from Tasting Room. It's against the law.

If you lived in non-sucker states like Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming or the District of Columbia, you could order from  Tasting Room

There's a sister-kissing direct shipping bill now making its way through the Maryland Sucker State State House. As it currently stands, it would allow you to order wine directly from wineries but you would still not be able to order  from Tasting Room, or any other retailer, or a wine-of-the-month club.

That's what you get for living in the Sucker State!


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 1:00 PM | | Comments (6)


It's a stupid law and one without any legitimate justification... on that I think we can all agree. How or why that makes us suckers, just because we have no choice but to abide by it (wink, wink), is something I'm not sure I quite understand.

hyperbole. I contend that we are suckers because we put up with it


Why does The Sun continue to endorse the political candidates that have made Maryland the Sucker State?

I am not allowed to gaze upon the editorial page staff

Actually, the "Hello, suckers!" greeting was associated with speakeasy owner Texas Guinan, not Toots Shor.

YES!!!! Thank you. But this:
In keeping with that fine Manhattan tradition of restaurant owners keeping their celebrated clientele humble with a clever facade of contempt - a tradition made famous during Prohibition by Texas Guinan, who greeted patrons with a cheery 'Hello suckers!' - Shor referred to his bold-print friends as 'crum-bums'. Of course, he saved this sobriquet for the ones he really liked...

RG, you are awesome.

We are suckers, because we vote for these people, so they get get fat off lobbyists and ignore the people that actually voted for thier lies. We are suckers.

What gets me is how Maryland won't let you purchase wine over the mail or how many jurisdictions do not allow Sunday alcohol sales, yet the gov't wants to tax me 10 cents a drink? If they want to tax me on alcohol fine, but they better let me be able to purchase it when, where, and how I want to.

that annoying sound is me still pouting b/c i have to ship my wine to friends in DE or DC. traffic is SO great heading to either of those destinations.

what cheese goes best with my WHINE?

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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