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Wine Cellar Innovations: Possible Wine Shortage & 2021 Holidays

November 3rd, 2021

We’ve heard and experienced so many types of wine shortages, especially last year. But has a wine shortage ever crossed our radar? Probably not. But the reality is that it may happen. What’s more lamentable is the possibility that 2021 might be the year wine lovers will experience it. Let’s take a look at what has transpired so far:

Possible 2021 wine shortage?

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Shipping and labor issues…

One of the biggest difficulties that wineries experienced since last year were shipping and labor issues. The big wineries all over the country shared their experiences regarding this. The vice-president of Jackson Family Winery raised some pretty good points. He said in a published interview: “It’s starting to catch up to, I think, everybody. We have plenty of wine in our cellar. And it’s just a matter of increasing the rigor in our planning process to make sure that nobody’s out of stock.” Admittedly, the matter is not at an alarming level yet. After all, pandemic- related labor shortages have affected so many businesses.

One of the hardest hit ones is the trucking industry. This resulted in backlogs in shipping and delivery. That’s also why there are products that have been harder to acquire compared to others. This is especially the case with some types of wines. But this is probably where shortage “crisis” lies. There is certainly no need to panic buy when it comes to the standard labels. That being said, it is recommended to update your wine list as early as now. This way, you can take note of the more “rare” labels & buy them while they’re in stock.

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The problem on glass bottle shortage…

Not surprisingly, the onslaught of the pandemic year led to glass bottle shortages as well. Naturally, this led to a shortage of wine as well, per some experts. Several states in the U.S testified to feeling the impact of this occurrence. Tennessee is one of those states. Some big wineries in that area said their sales have dropped due to supply chain issues. But here’s where the issue really lies: the demand for alcohol did not change. Indeed, despite the pandemic bringing so many problems, alcohol demand remained high. In fact, it even reached a record high. Reports recorded alcohol sales outside of bars and restaurants rising  to 24% since last year. Then again, there is still no real crisis to be alarmed about. The shortage is focused more on rarer wine labels. ^_^

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