Illegal Sangria

One doesn’t exactly think “clandestine” when mixing sangria but that’s exactly what it is to make the drink in Virginia. It has been illegal to make the popular Spanish mixed drink there since shortly after the repeal of national prohibition. And not just sangria. The law says that combining wine or beer and spirits and pre-mixing or storing drinks outside their original containers, except for those in approved frozen-drink dispensers is prohibited. Violating that law can actually send a bartender to jail for a year!

But things may be changing. According to this piece that originated in the Washington Post, the General Assembly will be considering an exception to the law for sangria. That’s right, rather that just repeal an obviously stupid law they are going to allow a sangria exception! I am continually amazed by the ridiculous patchwork of liquor laws in this country.

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