June 30, 1996 Smithsonian Institution Affirms Wine's Role in American Culture At the beginning of the 1990s, wine seemed to be a target for official Washington. Federal regulators dismissed it as a health risk, congressmen were clamoring for even more dire label warnings and the time seemed ripe for a higher "sin" tax on its consumption.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands June 30, 1996.
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