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Alcoholic Beverage Industry


Carol M. Highsmith, photographer. Wine cellar at venerable Antoine's Restaurant, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The wine industry in the United States from grape growing, production, bottling/packaging, distributing, and selling, developed into a very closely organized industry. Understanding the current nature of the industry may mean looking at the development of the industry in the United States.  Given the dominance of California in the history of winemaking n the United States, if you are looking at the history of the industry, you will likely need to study the industry and its development in California including state level organizations like the Wine-Makers Corporation (CWMC) and the California Wine Association.

Also, when it comes to this industry there is a strong tradition of publishing separately but also locally. A few local trade magazines or books covering a particular geographic area have been included but not all states/locations have been teased out. Using Subject Headings will help to identify items on wine and winemaking in specific locations in the United States and other countries. You may also want to consider searching sources like the Internet Archive and HathiTrust for additional materials. For example, HathiTrust has Cozzens' Wine Press (v. 1-6) for the years 1854-60 that had been digitized by the University of California, the Wine & Spirit Bulletin for the years 1901-1906, 1908 and 1914-17, and even older titles like Procès verbal des séances de l'Assemblée provinciale de Champagne, tenue à Châlons dans les mois de novembre & décembre 1787.

Lastly, please see the resources in the general section of this guide where there are books and trade literature that provide an historical overview of the alcoholic beverage industry and are not devoted to a specific type of beverage.

General Information & History

The following materials from the Library's collections examine general information and the history of the wine industry. The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

Market Data & Trade Literature

The following materials from the Library's collections focus on market data and trade literature related to the wine industry. This bibliography contains a selection of books found in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

Search the Library's Catalog

Choose the topics you wish to browse from the selected subject headings below. Each heading will link directly to the Library of Congress Online Catalog and automatically execute a search allowing you to browse related subject headings. There are additional subject headings for the industry and history in individual states and countries that have their own subject headings and may be important if the industry dominated a state or local history and economy. For example, looking at books that are about the California wine industry are important for the industry as a whole. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in using the catalog. For assistance in locating other subject headings which relate to this subject, please Ask A Librarian.