But China, which included wine on a list of 128 products worth $3bn targeted for potential tariffs, is confident that its growing market power, fuelled by a rising middle class, will give America pause.
That's true even when it comes to wine, which represents a tiny fraction of the trade between the two countries.
Exports represent only 5% of overall US wine sales. And only about 5% of wine exports, some $79m, are destined for China.
Wine-makers are worried about tariffs anyway. They say even if they can afford to lose business in China now, the country is critical to the industry's future.
"We're not in a position to lose market share," Mr Parr says.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Stupid Wine Tariffs
Given worldwide overproduction of wine, the U.S. can ill-afford losing Chinese market share - one of the few places with growing demand - but that’s what Republican misrule will give us: