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French give away 400,000 bottles of wine
News .com ^ | July 14, 2005 | From correspondents in Narbonne

Posted on 07/14/2005 4:02:10 AM PDT by Cowman

French give away 400,000 bottles of wine From correspondents in Narbonne July 14, 2005 From: Agence France-Presse

WINE growers in southern France, eager to alert holidaymakers to the crisis hitting the industry, will hand out 400,000 bottles later this month at toll booths and along rural roads in the region.

Wines produced in the Aude department - in and around Narbonne and Carcassonne - as well as those made in the Languedoc will be given out, especially to tourists vacationing in the Aude, the wine producers' union said. The free bottles will bear special labels extolling the virtues of the wine, and producers also will distribute leaflets explaining the current overproduction crisis in France's wine industry.

A large part of France's 2004 output remains unsold and Paris has won authorisation from the European Union to convert 1.5 million hectoliters of top quality "appellation" wine into spirits via distillation.

Wine growers fear that another bumper harvest this year will only aggravate the problem.

The world's biggest wine producer, France is under mounting pressure to reform its industry because of declining consumption at home and intense competition abroad from new producer countries like Australia and Chile.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: drunkdriving; france; freestuff; lowwinesales
Drive through wine. Did the same intellectual giant that came up with nickel beer and bat night at Shea stadium come up with this one?
1 posted on 07/14/2005 4:02:12 AM PDT by Cowman
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To: Cowman
…will hand out 400,000 bottles later this month at toll booths and along rural roads in the region.

Looks like the Mad Mothers don’t have a chapter in France.
2 posted on 07/14/2005 4:06:40 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Cowman

French are having difficulty selling their products.

Immagine that.


3 posted on 07/14/2005 4:08:06 AM PDT by frithguild (If I made one mistake, it was that I was too cooperative and waited too long to go on the offensive.)
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To: Cowman

what a novel idea! (cockamamie) turn toll booths into package stores!


4 posted on 07/14/2005 4:08:35 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you.)
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To: Cowman
In related news, Glen Campbell has decided to vacation in France this year...


5 posted on 07/14/2005 4:09:54 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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To: Cowman

Why can't the Scots do this with 30 year old Glen Farclas? I'd be so there...


6 posted on 07/14/2005 4:10:54 AM PDT by Riley (STOP CASTING POROSITY!!)
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Screw you,you cheese eating surrender monkeys,I still am boycotting all french products...
7 posted on 07/14/2005 4:17:03 AM PDT by GregB (Bring back Capt. Michael Scott Speicher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Cowman

Like to see how many refuse to accept the wine. I know I wouldn't take one except maybe to pour it out.
French winemakers having tough time selling their product, can't get much better then that, hell with them.


8 posted on 07/14/2005 4:26:33 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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"The world's biggest wine producer, France is under mounting pressure to reform its industry because of declining consumption at home and intense competition abroad from new producer countries like Australia and Chile."

- Ah...the power of socialism. This is what happens when a few government fools think they know more than the collective will of the consumer. Supply and Demand, the cornerstone of the capitalist system, provides proof of concept once again...much to the 'chagrin' of the French leadership. Handing out freebies isn’t going to help the problem.


9 posted on 07/14/2005 4:28:46 AM PDT by Tempestuous
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To: Joe Boucher

Definitely a tough sell if the driver happens to be muslim.


10 posted on 07/14/2005 4:33:18 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Cowman

I thought Italy was the number 1 producer of wine in terms of quantity.


11 posted on 07/14/2005 4:34:32 AM PDT by xp38
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I'm disappointed. From the headline I thought that France had gotten the jump on everyone with an African aid program.


12 posted on 07/14/2005 4:37:39 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: xp38

Hmmm on checking it seems most years France is number 1 in terms of quantity but Italy is very close and on occasion does surpass France.


13 posted on 07/14/2005 4:38:56 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Riley

Oban!

14 posted on 07/14/2005 4:41:35 AM PDT by OSHA (I,ll be breaf.)
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To: Cowman

What they should do is put Bill O'Reilly's pic on the label, then export it to the states as "plonk"..


15 posted on 07/14/2005 4:41:49 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: xp38

"Definitely a tough sell if the driver happens to be muslim.
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Remember the 9/11 hijackers spent their last night in topless bars, may not be that tough of sell.

Talk one way, walk another. Even the the muslims radicals want their last "meal."

Kinda makes you wonder what the hell your dying for?


16 posted on 07/14/2005 4:43:23 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands.....)
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To: Joe Boucher

Actually I'd take one for free. But I'd let them know that I would never, and I mean NEVER, EVER, but one.


17 posted on 07/14/2005 4:46:28 AM PDT by jumperbones (The dreams of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.)
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To: Cowman

Once again, a French wine crisis article with not one mention that a boycott might be a factor.


18 posted on 07/14/2005 4:48:56 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Cowman

Isn't there some kind of law against passing out bottles of intoxicating spirits to people who are driving by in cars?


19 posted on 07/14/2005 4:54:03 AM PDT by finnigan2
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To: finnigan2

No way partner.
Just last week I was in Leadville Colorado driving to Aspen and stopped at a drive up window and purchased a six pack of coors light. It actually was a bar and I asked if I could order a drink at the window and the lady said "sure".
I just got a bag of ice to go with the beer. didn't get out of my vehicle and drove off.


20 posted on 07/14/2005 5:20:47 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Cowman

Free french wine?? Hey, I'll take . . . . . . . . none!


21 posted on 07/14/2005 5:25:49 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Cowman; NautiNurse; andrew2527; AnAmericanMother; A Jovial Cad; Betis70; Bigturbowski; ...
Click to be added or removed.

Wine news ping.

22 posted on 07/14/2005 6:48:18 AM PDT by quantim (I'm at the point now where I refer to all liberals as "insurgents.")
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To: Cowman

It looks like they realized that the recent bombings weren't helping their cause. Now they are using a promotional tactic - maybe they did a litle research on free-market capitalism.


23 posted on 07/14/2005 6:50:48 AM PDT by quantim (I'm at the point now where I refer to all liberals as "insurgents.")
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"French give away 400,000 bottles of wine whine."
24 posted on 07/14/2005 6:55:31 AM PDT by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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Handing out free wine at toll booths...lol! I can see the tourist buses passing by the usual attractions to find another toll booth.

convert 1.5 million hectoliters of top quality "appellation" wine into spirits via distillation.

I'm not sure what this means--is it wine flavored vodka? Fortified wine?

25 posted on 07/14/2005 6:58:26 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("I'd rather see someone go to work for a Republican campaign than sit on their butt."--Howard Dean)
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To: GregB
"Screw you,you cheese eating surrender monkeys,I still am boycotting all french products..."

Ditto that.

Maybe they should work muslim districts. See tagline.

26 posted on 07/14/2005 7:52:35 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Islam: Nothing BEER couldn't cure!)
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To: NautiNurse

Cognac.


27 posted on 07/14/2005 7:53:39 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Islam: Nothing BEER couldn't cure!)
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To: Cowman

I'll take some.
The French still have some hope as a culture. They need to be our allies again.


28 posted on 07/14/2005 7:55:11 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland
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To: Brad Cloven

brandy--of course...a sheepish thank you. :o)


29 posted on 07/14/2005 8:03:08 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("I'd rather see someone go to work for a Republican campaign than sit on their butt."--Howard Dean)
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To: Joe Boucher

Can't do that in CA.


30 posted on 07/14/2005 8:06:02 AM PDT by GVnana
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I'm not sure what this means--is it wine flavored vodka? Fortified wine

Cognac is actually distilled wine

31 posted on 07/14/2005 8:26:56 AM PDT by Cowman (Just when you hit the bottom of the stupid hole you notice the guy next to you is digging)
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To: Riley

Or Cask-strength Springbank....


32 posted on 07/14/2005 9:04:34 AM PDT by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: Joe Boucher

Some states have an "open container" law, that is used to prosecute people who are drinking while driving, even if they are not intoxicated yet. South Carolina is such a state. Back when I lived there, the fine was $75 for each open container within the vehicle. One time a friend-of-a-friend was driving his pickup and got pulled over by a cop. This fellow was in the habit of throwing his empty cans in the bed of his pickup, and whenever he had a bed full, he'd go cash them in at a recycling center. Well, when pulled over, he had one freshly opened Coors Light in the cab, and 299 cans in the bed. The officer wrote him a ticket for 300 open containers ($22,500) which was probably twice as much money as this fellow earned in a year.


33 posted on 07/14/2005 9:15:29 AM PDT by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: finnigan2

Not in Texas or Louisiana. They still have so called beer barns where you drive in one end, buy your beer, bread and bacon and drive out the other end. I think in Louisiana they have drive thru daiquiri barns.

Heck, until not too long ago in Texas it was legal to drive with an open beer(s) and people measured distance in 6 packs. Your pick up truck, your gun and some beer makes it so much easier to shoot up the road signs as you drive by.


34 posted on 07/14/2005 9:44:02 AM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: hadaclueonce

Yeah I know but it's still a tough go to sell Jack Daniels in say Saudi Arabia.


35 posted on 07/14/2005 10:54:28 AM PDT by xp38
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To: NautiNurse

Beats me. Sounds similar to making Cognac. I'll venture a guess that these wines are bulk, and in fact the worst of France makes. By distilling (and perhaps fortifying too) they can make an 'adult beverage' that can sit around awhile since these particular French wines won't age very well.


36 posted on 07/14/2005 11:30:23 AM PDT by quantim (I'm at the point now where I refer to all liberals as "insurgents.")
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To: Cowman

I love good news. Hey france, here's an idea-don't PO your big customers. We stop buying. Too bad, so very very sad.


37 posted on 07/14/2005 11:54:54 AM PDT by bfree (PC is BS)
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