JEROME, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - From the vineyard to the bottle, Arizona wine is making an impression across the country.

"Now is a very important time," said Calvin Arnold of Caduceus Cellars in Jerome. "We have some traction with Arizona wine, and we really want to keep that forward momentum going."

But with supply chain challenges mounting across the U.S., that momentum is at risk. According to Arnold, the winery has missed two recent festivals, one in Kentucky and another in Florida, because there was no way to get the wine there in time. "You're looking at sometimes eight to 10 weeks to get refrigerated trucks to transfer wine," he said. "I feel like a lot of our distributors are trying to piggyback and get into trucks that are already headed this way. 'Hey, can you send us a few cases?' That's going to be the short-term solution."

On the other end of the supply chain, Caduceus Cellars is also having trouble getting packaging materials like corks, labels, and even the glass bottles that are manufactured overseas.

"It is becoming an impossibility industrywide," Arnold told 3 On Your Side. "If there are no bottles for the wine to go into, that wine just ends up sitting in the barrel and can change the profile, become more oaky. So, some wine manufacturers are going the way of bladders or tanks where they can put their wine in there until they can get the glass that they need to bottle."

The wine industry is just one casualty of the global supply chain crisis. At the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, there are tens of billions of dollars of goods waiting to be unloaded. Gene Seroka, the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, says the port is averaging 17 ships working in port per day.

"Clearing our docks of imports and empties has been a priority of ours in recent weeks," he said, noting progress. According to Seroka, the amount of cargo sitting on the dock nine days or longer has dropped by 29%. But supply chain analysts warn that this backlog will last for months.

"It's no longer supply chain. It's supply pain," said Jason Boyce, a supply chain and e-commerce expert. "We're going to be experiencing it for quite some time. We're probably talking about May and June of next year."

The Port of Los Angeles predicts by the end of the year, 10.8 million containers will have passed through the port, marking a record-breaking year of imports.


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