Prohibited No More

Next Monday, December 5, marks the 83rd anniversary of the end of Prohibition, the nearly 14-year period that shaped America’s current drinking patterns. Prohibition quashed the budding wine culture, and the U.S. became, almost overnight, a society that found pleasure and solace in hard liquor. The Eighteenth Amendment’s constitutional ban on the manufacture, sale, and transport of all alcoholic beverages officially took effect January 16, 1920 (although various Prohibition laws were on the books of individual states earlier), and ended December 5, 1933 with the ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment. It might have taken 83 years, but the culture of wine in America is once again flourishing.

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