Today is Repeal Day, which marked the end of Prohibition. The 18th amendment was ratified in January 1919 and went into affect a year later and lasted until December 5, 1933 when the 21st amendment was officially ratified. During this time, the making, selling and transportation of alcohol was illegal. Fun fact that I learned during some of my research, consuming alcohol was not illegal during Prohibition, just all of the other stuff stated previously, which doesn’t quite make sense to me, but we’ll roll with it.
With all of that being said, how did Prohibition affect the wine industry? Quite a bit come to find out. The wine industry pre-Prohibition era was on the rise and once the law went into effect, many wineries shut their doors, poured out their barrels and ripped out their vineyards. There was one loophole that some wineries were able to take advantage of during Prohibition, and that was getting a permit for the purpose of producing sacramental wine for Catholic church services. Among the wineries that remained open during this time according to winefolly.com were Beaulieu Vineyards, Pope Valley Winery, Concannon Winery, Beringer Winery, Louis M. Martini, San Antonio Winery (Los Angeles), Bernardo Winery (San Diego). There were also a hand full of distilleries that were also able to get a special permit to keep their doors open during this time by selling liquor for medicinal purposes.
So how does one celebrate Repeal Day? By drinking of course! Swing by the vineyard and pick up a bottle or two and celebrate with friends and family! While you’re at it, don’t forget Christmas gifts! We have a wide selection of wines ranging from white, red, dry and sweets to choose from as well as accessories to add that little something extra.
Thanks for tuning into to this week’s edition of Out of the Barrel! Cheers!