Worldwide wine shortage is something to drink to in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - There's a worldwide wine shortage.

Europe makes most of the world's wine and for a few reasons - including bad weather - supply has fallen short of the growing demand for vino around the world.

But never fear, because Oregon and Washington wines are here and ready for a boost in business.

And just off Broadway in Portland, which is hardly the rolling hills of Burgundy, stands Oregon Wines on Broadway, which is owned by Kate Bolling.

Oregon wine is pretty much all she sells, and she acknowledges that a store like hers probably wouldn't have existed years ago.

Oregon Wine Board member Charles Humble has watched the state double its wine production in the past 20 years. He's watched vineyards like Stoller in Dayton build new tasting rooms and winemakers from California and France recently invested in land here.

This shortage in supply from traditional heavyweight winemakers could be a shot to keep building momentum here.

"The more wine we can supply to those people, I think the more they're going to like it and the more they'll look for it and discover it," Humble said.

For those who already know what Oregon wine has to offer, it's about time.

"I think that it's due. Especially European producers sometimes kind of ho hum us," Bolling said.

The number of Oregon wineries has gone from about 200 to 400 in the past 20 years. And there's a lot of land and room to grow. That land is getting a little more expensive as the demand for it increases, though.

And there's a chance that bottle of wine you buy could go up in price, too. But it's too early to know just how much or when.