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Day in January 1920 (102 years ago this Sunday) when the 18th Amendment banning the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages took effect. Known as Prohibition, the nearly fourteen-year period effectively dismantled the then budding U.S. wine industry. (Conversely, the manufacture of “bathtub whiskey and gin” skyrocketed as did the number of saloons and speakeasies.) Although federal agents were supposed to enforce Prohibition, in some states, police mostly looked the other way.

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