I chuckled a bit when I started reading this article about the EU’s fight to restrict wine imports. It seemed so stereotypically “European” to make such a big deal about wine. But it really isn’t about wine at all–it’s about protecting a domestic industry. When Bush imposed tariffs on steel imports a few years ago he was doing the same thing. Maybe the U.S. and Europe are not so different after all. Is it fair to say that wine and steel are symbols of our respective cultures, or am I reading too much into it?