U.S., Brazil uncork new booze protection deal

Bottles of liquor are shown on shelves at a state-run liquor store, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Seattle. Washington state begins the process of fully privatizing its alcoholic beverage business on Thursday when a public auction of state-run liquor stores opens online, marking a historic change for a state that has tightly controlled its booze since the end of Prohibition. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)This calls for a toast: The United States and Brazil took a big step Monday toward protecting some of their best-known exports—Bourbon and Tennessee whiskeys and the sugarcane-derived cachaça.

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