The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 September 2005

There stands the glass

In the twenty-one years since county-option liquor by the drink was authorized in Oklahoma, forty-two counties have opted to open the taps at the watering holes.

That leaves thirty-five who haven't, one of which is Lincoln County, northeast of Oklahoma City, and this makes life perhaps a little more difficult for the county's winemakers: about half the state's grapes are grown in Lincoln, but you can't even get a taste at the vineyard.

The growers, therefore, have offered to foot the bill for a county-option election this December, which will cost them around $7000 or so.

Lincoln County last voted on this issue in 1986, and turned it down by a two-to-one margin.

Posted at 4:08 PM to Soonerland

Sounds familiar. Jack Daniels is made in Lynchburg, TN, which is in Moore County, about an hour drive south of Nashville. Since Moore County is dry, the folks that make "OLD NO. 7" liquid gold cannot legally buy or drink it in their own county. I always figured there's a lot of looking the other way and many "blind" deputy sheriffs down there.

Posted by: Winston at 6:16 AM on 10 September 2005

I believe they mentioned this in a print ad some years back, by way of explaining, among other things, why you couldn't sample the wares if you took the distillery tour.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:05 AM on 10 September 2005