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High-End Champagne Shortage Could Ruin your New Year’s Eve

Wine Spectator senior editor Alison Napjus warned on Wednesday, two days before New Year’s Eve, that “it could be tough to find some of your favorite labels this year” as supply chain disruptions have been impacting the industry.  Napjus said that the mornings with Maria that the issues hit the wine industry in a “perfect storm” ahead of the holiday when champagne is in strong demand.

Several companies have noted higher logistics-related costs and disruptions to their normal operations. Vineyards are no exception as the backlog at ports and the truck driver Shortage have left them short of products. The issues have also impacted consumers in the form of empty shelves and higher prices.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine reported earlier this month that the U.S. is currently in the early stages of a champagne Shortage that is expected to last several years. Michael Bilello, senior vice president of communications and marketing of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, said increased costs could soon be passed to consumers.Bilello said that as the cost of business and challenges of doing business impact the wine and spirits industry, consumers are going to see that on the shelves or their bars and restaurants.

He noted that in a recent survey conducted by SipSource, 43% of suppliers and distributors said they expect to see an increase in the price of wine.Napjus stressed on Wednesday that shipping delays and the truck driver Shortage have been a challenge for the wine industry.  She said that it is not even just that basic transportation issue. We’re also looking at things like Shortage of the cage that goes on top of your bottle, labels, boxes to put wine in.

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