Americana: A Case of Oenophobia

Wichita has 15 cases of fine wine, and no one can yet touch a drop of it.

Officials in Orleans, France, have maintained a sister-city relationship with Wichita ever since soldiers from the Kansas city helped to liberate Orleans in World War II. This year the Orleanais shipped a collection of art to Wichita, to be exhibited next month. Along with the art went 15 cases of Vouvray Mousseux 1976 to be consumed when an official delegation arrives to open the art show.

Under Kansas law, however, two taxes must be paid on alcohol, a gallonage tax by the wholesaler and an enforcement...

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