A Critical Supply Shortage

Over on European Leaders blog, Richard Edwards has the sad scoop that supply shortages of bottles are causing vintners and retailers to substitute different packaging for their wine products. Edwards notes that in the UK, Waitrose is the "latest retailer to be hit by a global shortage of clear glass bottles, meaning that the company is considering joining Sainsbury in selling wine in the kind of plastic bottles usually reserved for beer and soft drinks." I suppose the story could be worse. The other day, a fellow parent gave me an "adult" sippy drink to try. It turns out the package -- which looks identical to a kid's juice drink -- is actually a 14% zinfandel. And it's drinkable to boot. Still, there's no substitute for a real bottle (even its sealed with one of those artificial corks which are becoming increasingly common).

- Jason Busch

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