Bartender Could Go to Jail For Serving Sangria in Virginia

From the Washington Post:

RICHMOND, Jan. 23 — 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.

  • AeC

    The land of the boll weevil,
    Where the laws are medieval,
    Is callin’ me to come and nevermore roam.
    I wanna go back to the Southland,
    That “y’all” and “shet-ma-mouth” land,
    Be it ever so decadent,
    There’s no place like home.
    ~Tom Lehrer, “I Wanna Go Back to Dixie”

    I grew up in Virginia and I’m not surprised in the least that this law is still on the books. Even less so that the legislature is “a little nervous of expanding the law.”