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EU vs. US: Wine Name Smackdown

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I tried posting about this yesterday, but evidently the topic is so controversial that it frazzled our entire F&W homepage for about thirty minutes, until one of our clever technical folk yanked the darn entry. So, a reprise: There's a lot of hoopla and whatnot going on in the wine world about the E.U.'s recent decision to disallow the use of several common wine terms on the labels of U.S. wines sold in Europe. By common, I mean words like "chateau" and "clos" and "vintage." This obviously poses a largish problem for wineries like Clos du Val and Chateau Ste. Michelle, and is the latest wrinkle in a trade debate that's been going on between the U.S. and the E.U. for quite some time. I'm not going to go into the international trade law background for this—since my knowledge of international trade law is about as comprehensive as my knowledge of Ramanujan theta function (God, I love the web)—but if it's the sort of thing you're interested in, check out Jon Bonne's post at the SF Chronicle, Tom Wark's post/rant at Fermentation, or the post and comments over at Vinography.

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