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Italy, France, Spain, and California are all known for their great wines; whereas, Illinois and the Midwest traditionally haven’t been considered the great wine regions of the world. But there are dozens of wineries throughout the state. And Illinois wine makers say they’re making good wines here but aren’t allowed to sell any of it without a distributor because of a prohibition-era law. The Illinois wine industry is pushing to change that, by backing an amendment to the state’s 1934 Liquor Control Act. The legislation was put forward by Sen. Rachelle Crowe, a Democrat from suburban St. Louis. It would raise the maximum number of gallons of wine that Illinois wineries could sell themselves directly to restaurants. 

To talk about it, we were joined by the general manager of an Illinois winery and the executive director of a non-profit for vintners.

GUESTS: 

Andres Abasso 

General Manager, Lynfred Winery 

Lisa Ellis 

Executive director, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance

 

 

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via Illinois Public Media

April 13, 2022 at 10:57PM

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