Virginia ABC strikes again


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It came as rather a surprise to the Alexandria location of La Tasca when they were cited last year for serving… sangria. Virginia outlawed the serving of beverages that mix beer or wine with spirits 75 years ago, and upon being informed of the La Tasca citation, Jaleo changed its sangria recipe as well for their Virginia location.

Always with thorough coverage of all things alcohol-related, the City Paper has more details on the particular obscurity of Virginia’s ABC laws.

The most amusing detail in all of this, though, is not that a bunch of old fogeys decided to clamp down on liquor sales right after the repeal of Prohibition, but that the bill introduced by state Representative Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) would introduce an exemption for sangria only, rather than repealing the ban completely. So maybe you’ll get your sangria, but your Kir Royale is totally out of the question.

Who knew I was practicing civil disobedience with all that sangria I made this summer?

3 Comments so far

  1. Brian Block (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    Well, at least a bill was introduced at all… I guess I won’t be inviting any public officials or law enforcement to my next Spanish tapas themed party with Sangria.

  2. John (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

    Cheer up. At least in Virginia you can buy a six-pack in a grocery after 9 at night. In my state (CT), you can’t do that, nor can you buy wine in a grocery, ever. And liquor stores close at 8 or 9. Not that this makes the Virginia regulations rational, of course.

  3. Don (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

    I just flashed on Jonathan Coulton’s zombie song with the refrain "we’re not unreasonable – no one’s going to eat your eyes."

    All what you get used to I guess. Having grown up and spent the first 10 of my legal drinking years in Florida I’m used to being able to pick up a six pack at the gas station at 3am if I want.

    Maybe we can get a specialty plate introduced. "Drink what you want and leave me alone."

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