Recently, Marie-Guite Dufay, president of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region of France, presented two bottles of Burgundy to the new U.S. President Joe Biden. The gesture was not only intended to congratulate Biden on his inauguration, it was also an opportunity to ask for the elimination of the Trump tax (retaliatory tariffs imposed by the United States).
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The 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, had just taken office when he already received an invitation to an event from the president of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region. This president then wrote a letter to Joe Biden with two bottles of Burgundy. The letter not only wanted the crisis in the wine industry to be noticed, but Marie-Guimet Dufay also expressed a wish for the United States to eliminate the additional tax on wine, which she said was already taking a heavy toll on the region"s wine producers.
In addition, she tweeted a shout-out to Biden: In this letter to you, I ask for the elimination of the Trump tax, which has severely penalized the wine producers of our region. As a symbol of Franco-American friendship, I presented a bottle of wine from the Bernese Hills and a bottle of Chardonnay from our wine academy.
In addition to the letter and the two bottles of wine, AFP also revealed that the president of the region had invited Biden to the next charity auction at the Bernese Home for the Poor, one of Burgundy's important appellations, which has held an auction on the third weekend of November every year since 1859, with all proceeds from the wine auction going to charity.
Finally, to underline the difficulties of the sector, Marie-Guite du Fay added: "The United States is the largest export market for Burgundy wines and we have lost an estimated profit of more than 33 million euros due to the Trump tax.
I did not check the price information of these two bottles on various websites, presumably they should be customized for congratulating Baiden on his appointment.