SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The drinks are no longer on the house at Casa Bacardi in Puerto Rico.
This is a rend that has happened to the wine industry as well. In my days of living in the Sonoma Valley of California I use to jump into my 1959 Austin Healy Sprite and drive over the mountain to the Napa Valley and sample all of the free wines at the wineries in St, Helena and Calistoga. Today this is no longer a "free" event either. Times change, insurance costs go up and it becomes necessary to charge for such visits. In the case of Bacardi, it is no different. You can not run a business at a loss and costs need to be covered. The price of entry is about the same as having a couple of cocktails at a bar and you get so much more