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The United States is a bit of a latecomer to the international wine scene. In the colonial and post-colonial eras, the wine industry was tiny and continued as such until the early 20th century, when California emerged as the dominant force in North American wine production. That quickly came to a halt with Prohibition, however, an ill-advised experiment that lasted from 1920 until 1932. Following repeal, California had to recreate its wine industry, a process that took a good 40 years to get up to speed.   More