Government Shutdown Affecting Breweries and Wineries

Government Shutdown Affecting Breweries and Wineries

The government shut down is affecting breweries and wineries across the nation. It's already costing some hundreds of thousands of dollars.
WASHINGTON - The government shut down is affecting breweries and wineries across the nation. It's already costing some hundreds of thousands of dollars.   

The Tax and Trade Bureau, which is a federal agency, is responsible for approving labels for wine. When the government shutdown, so did the agency.

"Without those certificates we can't do anything," Gene Clifton, Owner of Canadian River Winery, said. "We have 5,000 gallons right now ready to go overseas and we can't get those certificates because all I get is an answering machine."

"A few have contacted us and wanna know what you can do there's nothing you can do. If you can't get labels for your wine you can't sell it," Jill Stichler, Oklahoma Grape Industry Council, said.

According to wineroad.com, New York has more than 200 wineries. Vermont has 14 and New hampshire has 10.

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