Critical budget debates rarely fill a state capitol committee room, but turn the talk to wine sales and its standing room only.
For the second year in a row, whether to allow wine in grocery stores has uncorked a spirited debate among the businesses and customers affected.
Grocery and convenience stores says its time for them to sell wine. Liquor and wine stores say its not.
Grocers and market owners need a change in state law to satisfy shoppers like Johnny Mutina.
"I like to be able to buy wine for that dinner I am cooking. Sometimes that's all decided while I am roaming the aisles of a grocery store, then I have to make a separate trip," he said last year while browsing the beer section at a Kroger store.
His separate trip means traveling to a wine or spirits store, the only places allowed by state law to sell wine.
Tuesday, before the House State and Local Committee, the issue seemed to have fermented into a battle about stickers.
Those supporting grocers and convenience stores wore stickers that said, "Why not wine?"