Virginia’s Sangria Ban At Issue in 2 Hearings

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Virginia's Sangria Ban At Issue in 2 Hearings:

A Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agent conducting a routine inspection in 2006 cited La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria for violating an obscure 75-year-old state law:

It’s illegal to serve sangria in Virginia.

The fruity cocktail of wine and brandy that is a must-have at Spanish restaurants violates a law that forbids mixing wine or beer with spirits. If convicted, a bartender could go to jail for a year.

Apparently spirits should never be mixed with government.

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