Portland, Oregon - During the pandemic, wineries and wineries in Oregon are facing another shortage: glass bottles.
"Depending on our product, we may choose different bottles-the supplier may have something in stock," said Jake Holshue of Rogue Spirits. "It also means that your favorite whiskey and spirits may have to wait a while."
The challenge lies in packaging, transporting and distributing the bottles. The shortage is related to the supply chain backup brought about by the pandemic.
Holshue said the winery in Newport may not get the bottles it needs until next year.
"If this problem cannot be resolved as soon as possible between January and March, I will be a little dependent on the shelf, and we may have to see some shortages."
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For the wine industry, shortages are affecting glass bottles and the labels and glues that attach them to the bottles.
Gary Mortensen of the Stoller Wine Group in Dayton said that with the additional work they have been able to secure the necessary supply.
"We just don't know how long this will last, so looking to the future is good insurance if we can."
Holshue believes that the winery will overcome this latest epidemic challenge.
"We are very flexible, and the good news is that there are many good people in this industry who are willing to help others," he said. "We don't think this is competition. So if we have something that other wineries need, they can come and borrow a cup of sugar."
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