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Global wine trade is being disrupted by United States tariffs.

A European wine producer describes business prospects as uncertain since Washington imposed in October a 25 percent duty on some wines from France, Germany, Britain and Spain. The levy came despite significant lobbying from importers, retailers and other industry figures.

Other wine producers are anxious about US President Donald Trump’s threat to impose a 100 percent tariff on the products.

Meanwhile, the dramatic

slowdown of the Chinese economy economy due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic is hurting Australian and French wine producers whose major market is China.

Before sales suffer, maybe traders should consider diversifying into snake wine production. They can take the cue from a snake wine seller in La Trinidad, Benguet in the Philippines and Ghana in Africa.

A La Trinidad snake wine seller earns P1,500 to P10,000 per bottle of the liquor, which is rice wine with Korean ginseng and a dead snake. Buyers are said to be attracted to the medicinal effect of the exotic spirit, particularly in enhancing sexual drive.

The seller even recommends her product to men who want to have children.

Chinese men’s consumption of snake wines to enhance their sexual performance encouraged bars in Ghana to offer the drink. Locals were convinced of the wine’s medicinal properties that one patron has been a consumer for the past three years.

Snake wines, which include the serpent’s venom, are advertised in Ghana as a cure for everything, from farsightedness to hair loss.

With the COVID-19 creeping into Africa, snake wines may just be what the Ghanaians need to be virus-free while getting wild in bed.

with AFP

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