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The European Union has decided to give California’s Napa Valley what is called “geographic indicator” protection, which means that wineries from other locales will not be able to use the word “Napa” on their labels.

The protection is similar to that granted by the EU to items like champagne from Champagne, France, and parma ham from Parma, Italy. It is, however, the first time that the Napa name has been protected outside California, and wineries from that fabled region of Northern California have expressed relief at the EU decision.
KC's View:
Excellent news, and it points to how seriously wines from Northern California are being taken on the world stage.