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U.S.-E.U. Wine Trade Talks Break Down Over Geographic Designations

Law360 (November 24, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S.-European negotiations over a wine trade agreement have broken down over a dispute about geographic designations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

During negotiations to renew a bilateral wine trade agreement, the U.S. has put forth a last-minute proposal that the Europeans say would allow American wine companies carte blanche to use such geographic names as Champagne, Chianti, Madeira, Port and Sherry, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The place-name controversy prompted the European Commission to walk away from the negotiating table. The European Union’s executive body...
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