What would Olivia Pope do?
The impeccably dressed crisis consultant at the center of ABC's runaway hit Scandal rarely goes an episode without a fishbowl-sized glass of red wine in her hand. But how would she spin it if her beloved vino were suddenly in short supply?
Analysts for Morgan Stanley reported yesterday that the wine industry is experiencing an "undersupply of nearly 300 million cases" a year, leaving some oenophiles worried about where their next case is coming from.
Belinda Chang, a former James Beard Award Outstanding Wine Service Award winner and current Champagne Educator for Moet Hennessy, told CNN, "Tell my friends and family I love them, but they will have to BYO to my parties moving forward."
Naturally, social media gulped down the news and commenced panicking and plotting -- hilariously.
@canalcook: "Can do it one word: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!"
@rebekahRD: "Absolutely and completely freaked out."
@themelvins: "Commence emergency stockpiling procedures now"
@mariephay: "my worst nightmare come true!"
@LCL1111: "Burglar alarm for wine cellar!"
@FranklinH3000: "Hello, Darkness, my old friend."
Some offered up practical suggestions:
@thekitchengaily: "well maybe if all those crazy wine folks would drink instead of spit this wouldnt be happening!! #Truth HA!"
@AmyMariePowell: "Drink less wine, but better"
And other will keep calm and sip on with other potable possibilities:
@DavidWondrich: "Thank the lord for whiskey!"
@Stacey4UHoos: "Fine. Unfazed. Drink sweet tea. ;)"
@ree923: "guess I will drink rum" And she followed up: "because it is a vile drink that causes the best men to think they are sober, or something."
Our own brand new beer columnist Greg Bowman advises:
So what's behind the dry spell? Isn't 2.8 billion cases sufficient for our quaffing quota, and seriously, can you swing an empty Riesling bottle without hitting a new local winery in your area?
As it happens, global consumption has spiked by 1% over the past year, thanks in part to China developing a taste for fermented grape juice. At the same time, bad weather in France and Argentina played a big part in dropping worldwide production by 5%.
Americans are also swigging more than they're squeezing, consuming 12% of the world's wine -- more than the 8% the domestic wine industry is contributing to the pool. And while American vineyards are certainly on the rise, these are mostly small, boutique businesses that while quite admirable, contribute little to the overall supply.
So for the time being, consider downsizing your glass (yes, even you, Olivia Pope), and perhaps focus on quality over quantity. Because a life without wine would simply be a scandal.
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