Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The trials of globalism and transnationalism

When it gets down to specifics, transnational government by regulation is messy in a globalized world.

When Is a Wine Not a Wine? When European Regulations Say It’s Not
Poured from the bottle, the ruby-colored liquid looks like wine. Swirled around a glass, it smells like wine. Sure enough, it tastes like wine, too.
But, at least within the confines of the European Union, the closest it may come to be being called wine is “fruit-based alcoholic beverage.”
The ruling is bad news for the Chapel Down Winery, which crushed more than two tons of refrigerated Malbec grapes that had been air-freighted from Mendoza, Argentina, hoping to produce an English take on the fabled Latin American wine…
The rule is intended to maintain the integrity and quality of wine and, for example, prevent producers from importing large quantities of must, or grape juice, from warmer climes and blending it with European grapes.
For decades, European wine regulations have provoked controversy across the tier of southern nations that produce the bulk of production. In many regions disputes have intensified as centuries of wine-making tradition battle the harsh reality of global competition against commercially produced New World exports…

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