WINE-NOT CHANGE THE 2006 WINE AGREEMENT? Winemakers in Napa Valley and a smattering of other wine-producing regions in the U.S. support European producers in their efforts to expand protection of regional wine names, like champagne or chablis, in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. But that doesn’t mean the U.S. will change its stance, reports Alejandro Alvarez for Pro Trade. Maintaining use of 17 semi-generic European wine names that were not given GI protection in a decade-old wine agreement is of “extreme importance” to the rest of the U.S. wine industry, says Tom LaFaille, the Wine Institute’s international trade counsel.
“I think Obama will go to her and say, ‘I want to get it done and don’t get in the way,’” said Bill Reinsch, a trade policy fellow at Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank. “My guess is she will go along. … I don’t think she’ll say no.” At the same time, TPP could be the trade-deal-that-must-not-be-named when Obama and Clinton barnstorm the country. “My guess is when he campaigns with her, they’ll talk about something else,” Reinsch said. Pros can read the rest of Palmer’s article here.
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