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Illegal Sangria

Sometimes you come across a story that is so ludicrous that you have to share.  Apparently there is a law on the books in Virginia on spirit, beer and wine miscegenation from 1934.  It prohibits restaurants and bars in the commonwealth from mixing wine or beer with spirits and pre-mixing a drink with alcohol.  This makes sangria illegal (wine & brandy in the traditional recipes).  The Washington Post reported today that Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control Agents  have handed out citations to La Tasca in Alexandria, and Jaleo in Crystal City.  The bartenders could go to jail for up to one year!  There is a pending bill in the Virginia Legislature to end this but it only applies to sangria.  That means flirtinis (champagne and vodka), Kir (wine & creme de cassis) and Mimosas (champagne & triple sec) will continue to remain illegal in Virginia.  So next time you go out to say Isabellas, toast the Free State with your sangria.

Now if we could only buy wine in Costco…


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