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I saw on the news that there was a bottle shortage affecting wineries. Hmmm, I thought I’d reach out to the two sources I use to buy bottles (25-50 cases / year). One is a smaller reseller, the other a large distributor, where you need to commit to a pallet of bottles. Neither had bottles to sell. The distributor said it was a 4-8 month problem, but would not commit on any future orders because of the supply chain uncertainty. I don’t need the bottles until next summer, but without them I’d have a problem.

Fortunately, I found a fellow wine maker a state over that has excess, which I purchased and need to go pick up. Just wanted to give others a heads up in case you come across the same situation.

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Easy solution, just tip the carboy, LOL.
An acquaintance, a new winemaker, had a great Niagara at the end of October one year. She brought me a sample in February, badly oxidized.

She and her husband had been drinking out of the carboy since December.

Some how they didn't understand the "bottling" part of the process ...
 
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An acquaintance, a new winemaker, had a great Niagara at the end of October one year. She brought me a sample in February, badly oxidized.

She and her husband had been drinking out of the carboy since December.

Some how they didn't understand the "bottling" part of the process ...
You must top it up if you tip too much!
 

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Ah the advantage of using recycled bottles. My only problem is when I get my colors and shape of bottle mixed up and have to stand them in a line to sort it out. EVEN the same exact brand and "species:" of wine will occasionally have a variance in the bottle color or height. MIght be only 1/8 -3./8" but you can see it when they are all lined up. I try to store them all sorted but.... Murphy's law.....
 
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My only problem is when I get my colors and shape of bottle mixed up and have to stand them in a line to sort it out.
I do the same, sort of. I use primarily Bordeaux bottles, as the labels work on all of 'em, regardless of height, and they mostly stack better. I sort them by case size, e.g, tall bottles go in tall case, medium in medium, etc. This is for green bottles. I segregate the much fewer blue, brown, and clear bottles.

Sure, I have tried to sort by color & shape, but therein lies the path to madness!

Unfortunately I sometimes have to use other bottle shapes, and these are the ones I give away first. If I don't get them back, it's not as much of a loss.
 

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The guy at my local wine making shop said the bottles are on one of the cargo ships waiting to come into port due to the back up. Unpredictable when the bottles will arrive in port.
 

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Madness did you say hah had, I have escaped the men in the white coats several times. Not but much but....

Yeah it's interesting when I'm plucking bottles out of the metal bins at the recycling center. Especially when you lean way over, finally get that bottle within reach and pull it up. Looks good, color shape etc. NUTs Screw top.
But again as you say I do have some tolerance for slight mis-matches and with smaller batch sizes of 1 gal or 3 gallons I can usually sort out multiples of 5.

Oh and Yeah I hate those burgundy ones that my tall round top labels wrinkle on no matter how low I place the bottom of the label.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ONE AND ALL (Even you blokes across the pond on the Continent to our east.) :thg
 

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I'm going to be short some bottles in the next few weeks, so I checked with a local distributor. They have stock, but the cost seems kind of high ~ $1.80 - $2.15 each depending on type. Honestly, I have nothing to compare the cost to since I have always used recycled. Anyone have thoughts?
 

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Yeah, we have a winery in my small town. They will happily give me empties (they won't save them, but they'll give me what they have and don't care if I dumpster dive), but they use the most ridiculous glue to affix the labels - almost impossible to get them off!
 

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I was at the liquor store a couple weeks ago and while standing in the bourbon section, overheard another customer asking if they had any Gentleman Jack in the back - that section of the shelf was empty. He was told that Jack Daniels and Jim Beam (among others) are having issues delivering product due to a bottle shortage. Sure enough, there were several out of stock bourbons that normally aren't rare at all.
 

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