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Oct 31, 2013 8:13 PM by Erika Flores

Local vineyard says no need to worry about reported "global wine shortage"

VAIL - A report claims there will be a wine shortage in the upcoming years, but local business owners say not if they have anything to do about it here in southern Arizona.

According to the report, there could be insufficient supply to meet demand in the coming years, but local vineyards are working to make sure that doesn't happen to southern Arizona.

Milton Craig is the owner of Charron Vineyards. It's not the first time he's heard of a global wine shortage. "In the industry we've been kind of hearing about it for a while because there has been global demand and the supply has not been keeping up," said Craig.

According to the report, the U.S. is drinking 12 percent of the world's supply of wine and China has been doubling its consumption.

"At our vineyard we get contacted at least once a week by somebody wanting to sell our wine in China," said Craig.

Craig said vineyards in southern Arizona have had great harvests, and he's not worried about the shortage.

"Here the wine industry is exploding and so many people want to get into it," said Craig.

Mark Thompson has owned Plaza liquors for 35 years, and he's positive southern Arizona vineyards will thrive even in a shortage.

"You've seen it fluctuate. It's like the tides. It comes up, it comes down, but I've never seen anything too drastic that made the wine industry have to double their prices or that there was no wine on their shelves," said Thompson.

Craig is confident his vineyard and other local vineyards will bare enough grapes during the next few years.

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