In the News: Local merchants fighting wine tariffs


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UPDATE: I ADDED AN EXPLAINER TO THE LINK IN MY BIO. IT INCLUDES AN OVERVIEW PLUS SPECIFIC STEPS, LINKS and SAMPLE TALKING POINTS FOR CONSUMERS, IMPORTERS, DISTRIBUTORS, RETAILERS AND RESTAURANTS. If you’re not in the wine trade, you probably haven’t heard about the potential (100%!!!) tariffs on European wine (and a whole lot of other food stuffs) that could result in major price increases and lost jobs within the US Wine Industry. Yes, tariffs on European wine will impact us here more than them there. DM me if you want all the full details. Assuming you don’t have time for the finer points but still want to keep prices down (and jobs up) please take a few moments to contact your Congressperson. There is a link in my bio that points to a sample letter you can send, as well as the full list of items potentially affected. And if you are in the trade, there’s a link just for you. So get those fingers moving. There are hearings next week so time is ticking. #winelover #saynototariffs #winetravel #winelife #winetrade #whatidrank #winetime #winepairing #winetasting #winenot #foodandwine #winestagram #winetasting #winesofinstagram #wineoclock #happyhour #allthewine #winestudy #winelover #winewinewine #drinkup #timetotastesomewine #sommlife

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Local wine merchants are gearing up to fight the proposed wine tariff on sparkling French wines, the latest boneheaded tariff move from the White House. Ben Aneff, the managing director of Tribeca Wine Merchants, is quoted in this Reuters story: “The existing and threatened tariffs pose the ‘the greatest threat to the wine industry since Prohibition. The domino effect of unintended consequences from the proposed tariffs would be catastrophic for tens of thousands of American businesses,’ Aneff told U.S. government officials at a hearing.” (Christy Frank’s Instagram post above.)

If you love crosswords, or poignant moments at weddings, or Locanda Verde, or all three, read this from Will Shortz about a crossword-obsessed couple who used the theme at their downtown nuptials. (Dare you to not tear up at the proposal above.) –The Times

Crain’s reports that Gina Gibney, whose dance company and studios are on Chambers Street (at 280 Broadway, but also in Chelsea at 890 Broadway) received a $2 million grant that will enable her company to double in size and begin performing new works by established and emerging choreographers. The grant is from Andrew Davis, a trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund

The Philly-born cheesesteak outlet Wogies on Trinity Place gets a shoutout from an amNY reporter who somehow convinced the owner to make a hoagie with both steak and chicken: “White American cheese is melted onto the buffalo chicken half while a chipotle, cheddar cheese wiz is drizzled onto the steak side. Both sides are topped with plenty of onions.” I’m waiting on a certain Philly transplant to give us a ruling on this…



  1. I love and enjoy Wogies, but why attempt to innovate what is already a nearly perfect creation: the cheesesteak! (Let’s innovate the Eagles offense instead)