Tom's blog

Trump needs some wine like the rest of us

Trump finally got around to including wine in his rants — what took him so long?

Here was his recent tweet:

"On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S.," Trump tweeted. "The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!"

Well, he’s partly right. Yes, American tariffs across the globe are less than what Europe charges. No, because it wasn’t France’s idea. Tariffs are set by the European Union, so they are applied by Spain, Portugal, Germany and other wine growing regions.

French wine imports have risen 200 percent between 2008 and 2017 — the United States is France’s top importer too.

Tarrifs are greatly influenced by alcohol content and the size of the container. Thus, higher alcohol zinfandels and liter-sized bottles are subject to different tarrifs.

Trump is a teetotaler.