A little vinegary treat for Memorial Day weekend, courtesy of the Tax Foundation.
Taxation is a zero-sum game. If, like Florida, you have no state income tax, you have to raise money somewhere, in this case with a "sin tax" on wine that is 10 times that of California's. Florida consumes the second-most wine in the US. Rise up, Florida wine drinkers!
Of the big wine-producing states, Washington has the highest taxes, which can't help the local industry.
There isn't much California and Texas have in common politically, but I'm glad we can break bread on this issue. I'd rather see sugary sodas taxed than wine -- oops, just lost Texas. Ah well, enjoy the map, have a nice holiday.