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OHIO WINE PRODUCERS BENEFIT FROM PROPOSED TARIFFS

 OHIO WINE PRODUCERS BENEFIT FROM PROPOSED TARIFFS
 COLUMBUS, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio wine producers may find new


markets as proposed tariffs on European white wines cause consumers to try Ohio wines.
 The General Agreement of Trade and Tariffs (GATT) is aimed at leveling the playing field of trade between countries. Because the European community heavily subsidizes agriculture, U.S. agriculture can not compete. The U.S. is proposing placing an import duty on European white wines, creating a possible new market for Ohio wine producers.
 "Anything that causes an interruption in the flow of European wines will eventually have an impact on smaller wine producing states like Ohio," said Lou Jindra, executive director, Ohio Grape Industries Program. "The tariffs may mean consumers will try less expensive but equally good Ohio wines," said Jindra.
 In blind taste tests, Ohio wines have stacked up to European and California wines. Ohioans consumed 12.5 million gallons of wine in 1991. Ten percent of that wine was imported from other countries and six percent was produced in Ohio. The remainder comes mostly from California.
 For more information about Ohio wines contact Lou Jindra, executive director of the Ohio Grape Industries Program, 614-885-3529.
 The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is committed to expanding the market for Ohio's agricultural products. Ohio's wines have drawn attention nationwide for their superior quality and taste.
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 /CONTACT: Kim Norris, ODA communications director, 614-752-4505/ CO: Ohio Department of Agriculture ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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