Mike Veseth is editor of The Wine Economist newsletter and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011) and Wine Wars II (forthcoming 2022). He is an authority on globalization and global wine markets who travels widely to speak at wine industry meetings. Mike is Professor Emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington USA.
Politcs and wine trade
Wine and politics are an inseparable pairing. This session examines wine politics from two very different perspectives: inside and outside. First there are the political issues within the wine trade, including within appellation organizations and regional promotional groups, which are magnified by the lack of growth in the global wine market. As globalization’s momentum has shifted, wine has become an unexpected victim in the political trade wars of the past decade from the US to the EU to China, Australia, and beyond. Economist Mike Veseth will examine the what, how, and why of wine’s prominence in international politics and speculate about what the future may hold.