Revolting French Peasants And Their Revolting Plonk
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.