Percent more European wine exceeding 14% abv that America imported after the U.S. Trade Bureau levied 25% tariffs on wines under 14%. High-alcohol wine exports (primarily from France and Spain) are soaring, as consumers take advantage of lower prices on wines that avoid the punitive tax. According to U.S. Commerce Dep’t data, America historically imported $150 million a year in higher-alcohol wine compared to $434 million in the 12 months since the tariff took effect.

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