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During Prohibition bottom falls out of the Napa Valley grape market

November 27, 2013

Section 29 of the Volstead Act allowed 200 gallons (the equivalent of about a thousand 750 ml bottles) of "non-intoxicating cider and fruit juice" to be made each year at home. Initially "intoxicating" was defined as anything more than 0.5 percent, but the Bureau of Internal Revenue soon struck that down and this effectively legalized home wine-making.