Virginia Legislators Graciously Consider Lifting 70-Year Ban on Sangria


Fresh off saving the Old Dominion from the scourge of frozen beer on a stick last summer, Virginia's Alcohol Beverage Control is now taking aim at Spanish and Latin restaurants that serve sangria, because the red wine and brandy in the drink violates a 70-year-old, post-Prohibition law forbidding the mix of wine and spirits. A bartender at a tapas restaurant right down the road from me is looking at a year in jail for serving the drink.

Legislators are considering amending the law, but only to allow sangria. Other drinks mixing wine, beer, and/or spirits would still be verboten.