Daily Wine News: Beaujolais’ Georges Duboeuf Has Died

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Franck and Georges Duboeuf. (Photo credit: Quintessential Wines)

“Georges Duboeuf, one of the great wine merchants of the 20th Century, has died at the age of 86,” reports BBC. “He was best known for turning the release a little-known French product – an ordinary red wine called Beaujolais Nouveau – into a global phenomenon.”

Jenny Lefcourt, president and co-founder of Jenny & Francois Selections, pens an op-ed in the New York Times. “No one I know would argue that the Trump administration is wrong to protect American industries by pushing back when it sees unfair practices by other countries. But tariffs make no sense — if we insist on charging European winemakers more to sell their products in the United States, they will easily find another buyer. The only ones hurt will be American businesses and consumers.”

Alfonso Cevola offers some solution-based thoughts on the proposed 100% wine tariffs. “This should be a time when all the invested parties, large and small, must find a strategy to work together. Which will be tough, because the polarity between the large and the small (and medium-sized) companies are seldom in harmony. Remember they all are in competition. This time though, they really all need to get in the same boat and row together. But I don’t see that happening.”

In Wine Spectator, Augustus Weed reports on the Australian wildfires, involving more than 60 vineyards and wineries that have been impacted.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy forecasts eight ways wine will change in 2020.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre looks at how big-brand consolidation, declining demand and political pressures from international trade are challenging independent family grape growers.

In Wine-Searcher, Caroline Henry ponders France’s future with hybrid grapes.

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