Today is National Sangria Day...Which Used to be Illegal in Virginia!


December 20th is National Sangria Day! There are thousands of different variations of sangria that combine things like sliced fruit, honey, sugar, juice, carbonated soda, red or white wine, and other alcohols.

However, at one point, it was illegal to serve sangria in the state of Virginia! It violated an obscure 75-year-old law that did not allow the mixing of wine or beer with spirits. Violators of this law could be charged with a misdemeanor, a hefty fine, and up to a year in jail. It’s wasn’t until 2008 that the Virginia General Assembly finally legalized the serving of sangria.

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