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News Briefs for January 13, 2020

January 13, 2020

•It was Google versus Veuve Clicquot at the U.S. International Trade Commission building in Washington, D.C., last week, as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer held two days of hearings over whether the government should impose 100% tariffs on French sparkling wines, handbags, cookware, and other goods. Nearly two dozen members of the U.S. wine industry argued that the tariffs were mis-targeted and would end up punishing thousands of American workers at importers, distributors, restaurants, and retailers across the country. “The domino effect of unintended consequences from the proposed tariffs would be catastrophic for tens of thousands of American businesses,” Ben Aneff, managing director of Tribeca Wine Merchants, a New York retailer, told Lighthizer and other officials at the hearing. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•The return of Woodford Double Double Oaked, a 10-year-old American single malt, and new entries from Tullibardine and One Eight are among the offerings included in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•1821 Fine Wines & Spirits has named Michael Wolff as head of consumer and trade marketing, effective today. A 20-year industry veteran, Wolff was most recently vice president of marketing at Opici Wines and Market Street Spirits. Prior to that he held senior roles at Mionetto USA and Palm Bay International. 1821 Fine Wines & Spirits is the U.S. subsidiary of Italy’s Zonin1821.

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