Business: Grapes

Prior to 1919 practically all wine grapes in this country were purchased by a few wineries. With the advent of prohibition laws, winegrowers feared that their occupation was ruined. But in this they reckoned without the demand supplied by many thousands of amateur makers of "home brew" wines.

Apparently as much wine is consumed in this country as ever. Prohibition laws have simply changed the outward forms by which wines are made. The tonnages of wines carried by leading railroads, for example, have shrunk rapidly toward zero. The Southern Pacific, which in 1917...

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