MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature has voted to override Gov. Bob Riley’s veto of a bill to allow the sale of stronger wine in convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail stores.
The bill now becomes law and will allow the sale of wine with up to 24 percent alcohol. The limit has been 16.5 percent for wine.
The stronger wines can already be sold in state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board stores.
The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden, said the bill will allow finer ports and other wines to be sold in stores. Opponents like Republican Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark worried that selling the stronger wines outside state ABC stores would make it easier for teenagers to buy them.