Wednesday, August 27, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's liquor commission has approved a winemaking license for a new winery in the town of Hildale, Utah — home to a polygamous sect largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect.
The Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission approved the license for Vintage Reserve Estates on Tuesday.
The winery's owners did not attend the commission meeting.
Abe Kader with the state liquor department says the owners plan to sell wine through state liquor stores and apply for another license to sell the wine on their Hildale property.
The twin Utah-Arizona border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, are home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The sect is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, which does not practice polygamy.
Members of the FLDS drink generally alcohol, while members of the mainstream Mormon church do not.
Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered wives, maintains control of the group through communications from prison