The Repeal of Prohibition— This Week 88 Years Ago

This week in 1933 on the 5th of December the 21st Amendment was ratified formally ending Prohibition. The 13-year social experiment in forced abstinence was, by all measures, a failure. Prohibition quashed the country’s once-promising future as a wine-drinking culture and left the U.S. wine industry crippled. It took pioneers such as Cesare Mondavi, Louis M. Martini, the Beringer family, and Hans Kornell to help attempt to rebuild the California wine industry to its pre-Prohibition success. Meanwhile, during Prohibition, the number of saloons and speakeasies in New York City alone rose to 32,000.

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