News Summary: French vintners fight US 'chateau'

AP News
Posted: Sep 24, 2012 1:40 PM

BATTLE ROYALE: Tempers are flaring across the vineyards of France. The United States wants to sell some of its wines in the European Union with a "chateau" or "clos" label. French winemakers worry the cachet of the label will be diluted if other winemakers start to stick it on their bottles in Europe.

SEEKING SALES: For American vintners it is a question of selling more wine in their top export market, unshackled by historic language or restrictive terms in the world of 21st century globalization.

WHAT'S NEXT: On Tuesday, EU experts from the different member states will investigate whether the labeling should be permitted, with a decision imminent.