Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them.

Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback.

Getting the resulting Oregon wines to markets on time is in doubt because the federal agency that approves labels has a huge backlog from the government shutdown.

That’s emblematic of a wider national problem. Nationwide, makers of alcoholic drinks face disrupted business and lost revenue. If another shutdown starts in about two weeks, the backlog could persist.

In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, is Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore., that is making an
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, is Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore., that is making an “Oregon Solidarity” wine. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, Chardonnay wine ages in barrels at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, Chardonnay wine ages in barrels at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, the sun sets behind smoke from the Taylor Creek Fire about 12 miles west of Grants Pass, Ore. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP, File)
FILE – In this July 21, 2018, file photo, the sun sets behind smoke from the Taylor Creek Fire about 12 miles west of Grants Pass, Ore. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP, File)
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, Joe Ibrahim, head winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon, shows the back label of Rose of pinot noir wine made from grapes grown in southern Oregon that a California winemaker canceled a contract on purchasing just before harvest, claiming they were tainted by wildfire smoke. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, Joe Ibrahim, head winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon, shows the back label of Rose of pinot noir wine made from grapes grown in southern Oregon that a California winemaker canceled a contract on purchasing just before harvest, claiming they were tainted by wildfire smoke. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, is a sign on a vat holding Rose of pinot noir wine that was made from grapes grown in southern Oregon that a California winemaker canceled a contract on purchasing, claiming they were tainted by wildfire smoke. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, is a sign on a vat holding Rose of pinot noir wine that was made from grapes grown in southern Oregon that a California winemaker canceled a contract on purchasing, claiming they were tainted by wildfire smoke. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

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