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France Mourns As It Destroys Fine Wine
The Sunday Times ^ | July 3, 2005 | Nicola Smith and Matthew Campbell

Posted on 07/02/2005 5:47:22 PM PDT by quidnunc

They used to uncork their best bottles for festivals on July 14, but French wine growers such as Bernard Farges have little to celebrate next week. Far from evoking the triumphant storming of the Bastille, the date makes him and other bordeaux vignerons queasy.

“I feel sick to the heart,” said Farges, from Mauriac. The source of his melancholy is a European Union-funded process in which some of the quality red wine he produces will be distilled into undrinkable ethanol for use as factory fuel. The deadline for participating in the scheme is Bastille Day, a cruel irony. Farges has already sent in his forms.

It may seem heinous to any enthusiastic bordeaux drinker, but the EU has pledged £100m under the common agricultural policy to turn 670m bottles of French and Spanish wine into industrial alcohol to help reduce a surplus caused by competition from the New World.

This is not the first year in which plonk has been sold to industrial distillers, but never before have quality wines protected by the appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) label been subjected to such indignity. Some 200m bottles that might have graced the dining table are destined to become factory chemicals this year.

The idea is to help to prop up a slumping market for French wine but the EU’s “crisis financing” of the process is being cited as an example of the profligacy of a system that Tony Blair wants to reform but which the French are fighting to keep.

Farges, 40, produces a “very drinkable” 350,000 litres of quality AOC-labelled bordeaux that is normally sold to restaurants and cafes. This year, however, some 20,000 litres of it — about 26,000 bottles — will go to the distillers.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial
KEYWORDS: disinfectant; eu; eurofreude; europeanunion; france; frenchwine; turass; winewhiners
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1 posted on 07/02/2005 5:47:22 PM PDT by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

Hehhehe....

I live in Temecula, Ca. and all I buy is the Local wine we produce right here in my little wine valley.

Wilson Creek Winery... mmmmmmmmmmmm

Screw France, they can piss all the wine they want, I hope their Grapes rot on the vines...


2 posted on 07/02/2005 5:49:57 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: quidnunc

are we sure that these frogs couldnt SELL their slop due to the EMBARGO?


3 posted on 07/02/2005 5:50:01 PM PDT by Jazzman1
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To: quidnunc

Boycotts never work: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,78921,00.html


4 posted on 07/02/2005 5:50:46 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("A litany of complaints is not a plan." -- G.W. Bush, regarding Sen. Kerry's lack of vision)
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To: quidnunc
I wouldn't buy a bottle of French wine if it was the last wine on earth. They can stuff it where the sun don't shine!
5 posted on 07/02/2005 5:52:09 PM PDT by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: Sonar5

Here in my area, there are still mom & pop stores with signs in the window saying they don't stock French cheese, wines, or other products. It's been that way since shortly after Sept. 11th.


6 posted on 07/02/2005 5:52:54 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("A litany of complaints is not a plan." -- G.W. Bush, regarding Sen. Kerry's lack of vision)
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To: b4its2late

Me too. The news media was more than happy to thumb their noses at 'Freedom Fries' and portray boycotters of French products as deranged rednecks. Who's laughing now?


7 posted on 07/02/2005 5:54:48 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("A litany of complaints is not a plan." -- G.W. Bush, regarding Sen. Kerry's lack of vision)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
You're not kidding. The French are definitely crying.....
8 posted on 07/02/2005 5:55:37 PM PDT by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Who's laughing now?

I am, while I sip a nice Australian red. Good on ya!

9 posted on 07/02/2005 5:56:50 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I am saying that the government's complicity is dishonest and disingenuous." ~NCSteve)
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To: quidnunc

Serves 'em right! Wonder if they'll ever get it figured out...it's not the taste it's the producers.


10 posted on 07/02/2005 5:57:47 PM PDT by TatieBug
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To: quidnunc

I can hear the 2 Senators from Massachusetts sobbing from here.


11 posted on 07/02/2005 6:00:50 PM PDT by digger48
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To: quidnunc

So much FRench wine, so few dirty socks!!


12 posted on 07/02/2005 6:00:51 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: quidnunc

I wonder also if the law says this wine ethanol cannot be used in war machines. Oh, that's right, they don't have any war machines.


13 posted on 07/02/2005 6:01:17 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: quidnunc

14 posted on 07/02/2005 6:01:23 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: quidnunc
Socialist is as socialist does.

(literally, the departments are divided into crus (growths) and then into communes.

15 posted on 07/02/2005 6:02:33 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: quidnunc

From vin ordinaire to nationale ordiaire in one easy step: the Chirac legacy.


16 posted on 07/02/2005 6:03:17 PM PDT by Socratic (Honor the Liberator - He toils for you.)
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To: quidnunc
“I feel sick to the heart,” said Farges, from Mauriac. The source of his melancholy is a European Union-funded process in which some of the quality red wine he produces will be distilled into undrinkable ethanol for use as factory fuel. The deadline for participating in the scheme is Bastille Day, a cruel irony. Farges has already sent in his forms."

Yet another Frenchman surrenders without a fight.

17 posted on 07/02/2005 6:06:44 PM PDT by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Tribune7

I'll keep drinking California and Australian wines.


18 posted on 07/02/2005 6:07:14 PM PDT by Temple Owl (19064)
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To: quidnunc
Anything bottled after April 1986 should be drained. Chornobyl fixed all that...

http://www.infoukes.com/history/chornobyl/index.html

19 posted on 07/02/2005 6:09:23 PM PDT by Libloather (I trust Hillary as far as I can throw her...)
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To: Tax-chick
TC, I've enjoyed the Aussie whites but have not ventured into the Aussie reds, how are they are what are some of your favorites.

PS - Ship the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys all the "two-buck Chuck" they can carry....bbblleeeehhhkkkk!

20 posted on 07/02/2005 6:09:57 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Your HONOR STUDENT is merely a pawn in my pugs plot for world domination. :o))
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To: quidnunc
Only champagne and the highest quality bordeaux, burgundy and loire wines have been unaffected by the worst crisis for the industry since the phylloxera disease killed off a large portion of the country’s vines a century ago.
Why can't they just drop their prices to become more competitive? I'm still boycotting all things fraunch except Michelin tires (sorry) - I still think they're deluding themselves if they think their drop in market share is due to anything other than their anti-American stance in the UN and Iraq war. ;-)
21 posted on 07/02/2005 6:10:39 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (In honor of our bravest in armed service to our nation.)
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To: quidnunc
Fellow Freepers, there is a Club Med 6 miles from my house in Port Saint Lucie.
It was always amusing to drive the Ferrari there and wach their puzzlement when you asked for Valet service. - They have none, and from what I saw, they don't know what it means. Lots of laughs.

They have a very good buffet, which includes unlimited tap beer and unlimited bottles of wine (that you just grab from a reach in cooler) for $20.

Also included there is a somewhat hokey French entertainment series in the auditorium, if you wish to attend after you eat.

If you can still stand after all the alcohol you can drink.

I have not been there since the whole Iraq/France thing (I will never return) and I would crawl over broken glass to buy American or Australian wine.

French wine? What is that? - Hey France. Can you hear me?


22 posted on 07/02/2005 6:13:06 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: K4Harty

Australian reds are excellent, and often lower priced than comparable California wines. (Although when I checked the bottle, it turns out my current glass is from California :-).

Lindemann's is a good winery; we love their Shiraz-Cabernet blend. Yellow Tail and Little Penguin are inexpensive and predictably tasty.


23 posted on 07/02/2005 6:15:14 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I am saying that the government's complicity is dishonest and disingenuous." ~NCSteve)
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To: quidnunc

July 14 sounds like a great day to open a bottle of David Bruce Pinor Noir, grill a nice New York Strip, and celebrate the second fall of France.


24 posted on 07/02/2005 6:17:56 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

<------ errr.. Marks off Thursday the 14th as Steak day...


25 posted on 07/02/2005 6:22:08 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: quidnunc
The source of his melancholy is a European Union-funded process in which some of the quality red wine he produces will be distilled into undrinkable ethanol for use as factory fuel.

If this isn't an example of bureaucracy gone mad nothing is. Those of you who experience shadenfreude because this is happening to some Frenchman won't be so gleeful when our Washington elite decide to follow the enlightened EU example here.

ML/NJ

26 posted on 07/02/2005 6:22:27 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: K4Harty

And "Black Opal" and "Thirsty Lizard" are good. We shop in the "under $12 for 1.5L" group. There are some really prime Australian wines if you're paying more :-).


27 posted on 07/02/2005 6:23:11 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I am saying that the government's complicity is dishonest and disingenuous." ~NCSteve)
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To: quidnunc

Another failure of French and EU socialism. Price fixing and tariff wars lead by the EU have killed the market for French wine. Free markets work and governments don't.


28 posted on 07/02/2005 6:23:24 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Sonar5

The French are destroying their own wine industry with socialism.


29 posted on 07/02/2005 6:26:56 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Tunehead54; quidnunc
by the worst crisis for the industry since the phylloxera disease killed off a large portion of the country’s vines a century ago.

Interestingly, a Dr. Munsen used Texas vines as graftstock for the 500-year old French varietals, saving their sorry asses from phylloxera in 1902.

30 posted on 07/02/2005 6:27:05 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: quidnunc

Here's to you Jacques, many happy returns.


31 posted on 07/02/2005 6:27:53 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: quidnunc
They've got a lot of nerve to call the bulk of French viticulture "fine wine."
32 posted on 07/02/2005 6:31:36 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Sonar5
I live in Temecula, Ca. and all I buy is the Local wine we produce right here in my little wine valley.

Great pinot. Lousy zin. JMO

33 posted on 07/02/2005 6:32:39 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie

zin is for sissies.... lol JMO. ;-)


34 posted on 07/02/2005 6:37:06 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: quidnunc; Sonar5

"The source of his melancholy is a European Union-funded process in which some of the quality red wine he produces will be distilled into undrinkable ethanol for use as factory fuel"

That's the funniest item I've read all week!

"Screw France, they can piss all the wine they want, I hope their Grapes rot on the vines..."

Actually all the grape vines in France are descendents from California vines, shipped to France in the early 20th century after France lost their entire vineyard to a heavy frost. Just a bit of trivia.



35 posted on 07/02/2005 6:52:08 PM PDT by wrathof59 ("to the Everlasting Glory of the Infantry".........Robert A Heinlein)
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To: yooper
Yet another Frenchman surrenders without a fight.

 

I understand, however, that they're keeping the other traditional wines protected from socialist intervention.

Which is somewhat ironic, considering how much they're revered by French socialists....


36 posted on 07/02/2005 6:52:29 PM PDT by StoneGiant
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To: quidnunc

Keep the boycott going!


37 posted on 07/02/2005 6:53:17 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: quidnunc
How appropriate is this note...?

As I let my Hardys Nottage Hill Merlot (south Eastern Australia) breathe for a moment or two.

Their Shairaz Cabernet is fine wine too.

Let the french twist in the wind and burn their wine for heat, for all I care.

They will rue the day.
38 posted on 07/02/2005 6:53:29 PM PDT by mmercier (Incentives and power equations)
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To: wrathof59

Well, can we foreclose on them instead and get them back.

Or even easier, just threaten to bring them back, and france will surrender them, rip them from the ground, deliver them, say thank you to us for taking them back, and then bend over as they usually do.

Well, it's a thought.


39 posted on 07/02/2005 6:56:08 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: quidnunc

geez, from the responses on this thread, you'd think the French did something really horrible to US...


40 posted on 07/02/2005 6:57:11 PM PDT by Jagman
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To: wrathof59
I'll see your sacre bleu! and raise ya one mon dieu!.
41 posted on 07/02/2005 6:58:07 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: mmercier

>> They will rue the day.

Because me and the wife do put a dent in global wine inventory.


42 posted on 07/02/2005 7:00:43 PM PDT by mmercier (Incentives and power equations)
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To: wrathof59

...heavy frost...did they at least try to make Ice Wine with the crops??


43 posted on 07/02/2005 7:03:37 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: StoneGiant

I would pay very good money for those 7 wine bottles, are those real, and where can I buy a set?


44 posted on 07/02/2005 7:07:04 PM PDT by IYAAYAS (Live free or die trying)
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To: quidnunc
How do you suppose the Hotel industry is doing over there? The tourist industry?? Too bad the Germans weren't marching down the Champs again.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters

45 posted on 07/02/2005 7:07:23 PM PDT by bray (Did you buy a Soldier Lunch Today??)
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To: Sonar5

I have not had French wine in nearly 3 years. Screw the French!!


46 posted on 07/02/2005 8:02:24 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: quidnunc

tant piss...


47 posted on 07/02/2005 8:03:20 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: quidnunc

Get used to it Frogs, the muslims don't drink wine...


48 posted on 07/02/2005 8:09:55 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Homophobic and Proud!)
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To: Tax-chick
if you're paying more

Not if I can help it, but for taste price is no object. I get hooked on a wine for about 2-3 months at a time and then move on. My wife loves champagne and only tastes my wines so it ALL FOR ME!! LOL! I'll try the Black Opal and the Thirsty Lizard varieties and go from there. Thank you for your input, Fellow FReeper.

49 posted on 07/02/2005 8:35:05 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Forget about Terrorism Fool! My pug has the master plan!)
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To: Libloather

Oh please. A little radiation never hurt anybody.


50 posted on 07/02/2005 8:39:24 PM PDT by Royal Wulff
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