There have been countless stories about how ongoing supply chain issues due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have led to random retail shortages. Now, the supply chain issue may affect wine production but for an unexpected reason.
CBS’ Sacramento, Calif. affiliate CBS13 reports that a wine shortage could happen due to packaging materials not being available, including paper labels and wine bottles.
The outlet spoke to Michael Mellon owner of Capitol Label in Rancho Cordova, Calif. He says regarding the label issues, “We don’t want to over order and have it sit here too long, but we don’t want to run short…Adhesives which have been affected by the Texas freeze and you’ve got paper stuck at the ports…You can’t be compliant with state laws without a label.”
CBS13 quoted an unnamed winemaker that is struggling to get bottles to house their wine to sell who said, “I ordered a container from China of the bottles we need. The first container took a month or two longer to arrive in port and cost me 50% more than I was initially quoted because of price increases.”
By no means does this mean your local store will be out of your favorite wine label anytime soon, but these delays could likely lead to price increases.