Pour one out: French wine is being turned into hand sanitizer

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Some French winemakers are being forced to send truckloads of their products to distilleries to turn into hand sanitizer. That’s due to Trump’s tariff on wine imports and lower worldwide demand as restaurants are closed during the pandemic. Photo by Pixabay.

The French are turning wine into hand sanitizer. Winemakers are being forced to send truckloads of their products to distilleries to turn into sanitizer. That’s because the Trump administration imposed a big tariff on wine imports, and worldwide demand is lower as many restaurants are closed.

“It is a very personal relationship with their vines and the grapes. One winemaker even said that it was like saying goodbye to an old friend,” says New York Times reporter Adam Nossiter. He spent time in the Alsace region of eastern France, speaking with winemakers as they watched their grapes disappear down the road.