From the "nothing to kill or die for" dept.
Let’s take a imaginary scenario – trade between Italy and the USA is halted for economic and security reasons. No more Italian wine comes to America, ever again. What would this mean to Italians in the vineyards? To Americans in Kankakee?
Assuming we had no choice, let’s say the distribution of wealth had been arranged so that the bottom 80% of the population held 15% of the wealth and the top 20% of the population held 85% of the wealth. And about that time someone got the idea that to trade with Italy would cause further economic imbalance and would jeopardize the peace in the world.
I would imagine in America, Italian varieties would take off. Sangiovese from the Texas Plains might, all of a sudden, become more valued. Vermentino from Lodi might be more popular. Pinot Grigio and Moscato wouldn’t miss a beat, as California winemakers have saturated the marker with their versions for some time now.
So what would the downside be?
Take Italian restaurants- They would adapt the quickest. Many restaurateurs look for the simplest way to get products on their table. They’ve been doing it for years substituting Californian, Oregon, Australian and Argentine for Italian wines. Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Shiraz, they’ve come to take a larger command of the Italian wine list.
Italian wine importers have been branching out too, looking to South America, Austria, Spain, Chile, even Japan for other products. They would be very flexible.
And shoppers and diners, would they miss a Vino Nobile all that much? I think that the trauma of having to speak a foreign word having been removed, they might be even less inhibited to order a wine from the list now. Or go into a store and not feel foolish because they didn’t know where the country was or how to pronounce “Soave” correctly. It could be a boon to the wine industry; folks freed up might be even more motivated to drink a little more for their country and the national pride.
What about back in old Napoli? Or under the Tuscan Sun? I wonder how blu that pinto would be? I’m just wondering? Anyone out there have any thoughts? Would it be the end of the world? Or would the world keep turning?