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News Briefs for December 27, 2019

December 27, 2019

•Wineries and importers continue to sound the alarm over the U.S. administration’s recent threat to impose up to 100% tariffs on all European Union wines. Calling the situation “the greatest threat to our industry since Prohibition,” New York-based importer Vintus is urging industry members to post comments to the U.S. Trade Representative site on the proposal ahead of the January 13 deadline. Vintus tells SND it’s mounting a campaign to reach 20,000 comments on the site by the deadline. As of Tuesday, about 2,500 comments had been posted.

•Industry veteran Al Young, known as an ambassador for and historian of Kentucky Bourbon, passed away December 25 at the age of 77. Young began his career at Joseph E. Seagram and Sons in 1967, working at distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana before becoming distillery manager at Four Roses in 1990. In 2007, he became Four Roses brand ambassador, traveling the country and the world to share his voluminous knowledge of the 130-year-old Bourbon brand. Young published his book Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend in 2010 and was in the process of updating its third edition at his passing.

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