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Revolting French Peasants And Their Revolting Plonk

Scotsman.com News - International - Sarkozy faces 'grapes of wrath' terror threat

The Regional Committee for Viticultural Action (CRAV), a small group of militant winemakers that has in the past riddled a lorry carrying Chilean wine with bullets, is threatening action they say could lead to deaths if Sarkozy reneges on his electoral promise to support their industry.

Last week, a piece of video footage was sent to France's Channel 3 TV station showing five balaclava-clad men, "somewhere in the Languedoc hinterland".

The short video showed the winemakers warning that after one month, if nothing had changed and wine prices continued to rise, they would be forced to go into action.

Decanter.com has that last demand the other way around:

They said that if in one month nothing has changed and that wine prices have not gone up, they will go into action.

What do these disaffected winemakers want with their campaign of violence? Well, the status quo. Actually, a reversion to the status quo ante. The French government has been in a process of weaning table wine growers off of subsidies for two decades or more. Table wines, in this case, are a category of insipid wines that previous generations consumed in vast quantity. As French consumers have started to drink less, but better wine, the table wine producers face increasing difficulty in finding a market for their wines. Thus they rely on the state to issue a guaranteed minimum price for their wines and periodically request crisis distillations as they did earlier this year. (Appellation wines, which now account for over half of the wine produced in France, receive no subsidy and are left to the whims of the market).( Dr Vino)

I think therefore it behoves us to drink more Appellation wines to support the free market and piss them off even more.

Comments

Better still, drink no French wines. We drink (we're talking reds, of course) Australian, South African, Chilean and Italian (Valpolicella and Multipulciano), we've even found a good value Argentinian which is very drinkable.

Even AOC wines can be awful. Outside of the main wine growing areas of which there are probably half a dozen the wine is not worth buying. Even in the half dozen areas that are left there is a lot of dodgy wine.

The French wine industry has lost the plot and the British consumer will not put up with the quality compared to other new world wines.

Even AOC wines can be awful. Outside of the main wine growing areas of which there are probably half a dozen the wine is not worth buying. Even in the half dozen areas that are left there is a lot of dodgy wine.

The French wine industry has lost the plot and the British consumer will not put up with the quality compared to other new world wines.

Over the past 5 years, Americans have learned to walk right past the French wine isle. My wife and I used to drink French Muscadets and Alsace Rieslings regularly. Now, it’s west-coast whites and New Zealand Rieslings.

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