EU and US sign controversial wine accord


According to Decanter Magazine, the United States and the European Union have signed an accord to put to rest the controversy surrounding the use of semi-generic names that are locally specific geographical terms. Moving forward US producers will no longer be able to use 17 terms including Chablis, Sherry and Chianti, on their wine lables.
In return, US made wines that depend upon certain practices that are illegal in Europe can now be sold in all European Union member states. This includes wines made using woodchips, a controversial and illegal technique in Europe. Roughly 40% of EU wines are sold in Europe, making it the biggest market for European wines.

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