Wine can certainly make us act a little weird when we drink too much of it. However, some of the laws that exist to regulate wine are pretty weird, too.
Wine Collection Seized Due to Alcohol Laws
Take a recent case in Pennsylvania for example. A wine aficionado was accused of buying and reselling bottles of wine from his personal wine collection; however, the man did not have a liquor license and he did not use his state's alcoholic beverage system. Pennsylvania regulators seized over 2,000 bottles of the finest wines from the man. Although the wine would normally need to be destroyed, Pennsylvania law allows for seized wine to be given to a hospital. Nevertheless, the question remains: What is the hospital going to do with all this fine wine? Are the doctors going to drink it between surgeries? Will they have a hospital-wide wine tasting at lunch?
Bugs in Booze: Is It Legal?
Next, we have the funny situation that happens when food and alcohol are mixed. Although federal law knows exactly how to regulate a champagne truffle and a chocolate rum cake, state laws are not always so clear on food and alcoholic beverage combos. This makes things difficult for food and beverage manufacturers who create liquor products with food (or vice versa), which is intended for national distribution. Things get even more complicated when snakes, insects and other creatures are added to wine. Interestingly, the FDA recognizes the appeal of these strange items, and many of them are permitted. Legally, under some circumstances, various bugs and scorpions can be added to alcoholic beverages.
Laws That Interfere with Organic Vintners
Another weird law affects vineyard owners in France. The law basically requires that French vintners use pesticides in certain circumstances, but this completely interferes with organic wine growers' ability to grow pesticide-free crops. One vintner was fined €1000 for ignoring a requirement to treat his grapes with a pesticide. Although the fine was later reversed, the incident is still a point of controversy. The law may need to be revised because it places French organic vintners at a disadvantage.
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