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12/29/2006 03:31 PM ID: 59210 Permalink   

Vintage French Wine Being Turned into Disinfectant


In response to competion from overseas, dropping local consumption, and overproduction many French vineyards are being forced to sell their wine for distillation to make products such as disinfectants and fuel additives.

Until recently distilling was only for cheap table wines but quality vintage wines are now starting to follow. 2.3 million gallons of unsold Beaujoulais wine will be collected for distillation this year.

Gilles de Longevialle, a representitive of the vintners of Beaujolais, said, "For years, we shrugged the crisis off as a temporary downturn, but we're beginning to see it's here to stay."

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Well there you have it... Keep hating AMERICA, and (really just about everyone else) I hope that they start doing ok again, they might have learned a lesson... Perhaps I shall go and get some Chardoney... (IDK how to spell it)
  by: swordfizh   12/29/2006 08:27 PM     
  A great pity  
But it is well known that France overproduces wine, due to their system of farming subsidies.

Combined with the surcharge one must pay for good French wine, their competition is becoming a problem.
  by: ofWolfAndMan   12/29/2006 10:01 PM     
Hmm, you seem to think this is caused by a drop of exports to the USA... I doubt it is. Only a third of the French production is exported, and the exportations have improved by 15% between 2005 and 2006. The consumption of wine *in France* has dropped by 10% in the few last years though, while the production has augmented...
  by: Schee   12/30/2006 04:42 AM     
Not agreeing with AMERICA on the war on Iraq is not the same thing as hating AMERICA. In fact, if disagreeing with AMERICA on Iraq means hating AMERICA, then most AMERICANS hate AMERICA.

Also, though Bill O'Reilly called on his legions to boycott French products, it resulted in no significant change in France's exports to AMERICA.
  by: l´anglais     12/30/2006 10:13 PM     
  There is NOTHING to change, most  
of it TASTE'S that way, without a change.
  by: old man   12/31/2006 04:57 PM     
  the cheapest and best wine...  
is in Spain, you pay next to nothing for a bottle and it tastes as good as one that is 2 to 3 times more in Australia
  by: tiggyfiggy   01/01/2007 03:33 AM     
  Side note  
If global warming keeps going (and that looks like a certainty), it's just going to get worse for French winemakers -- and those in Italy and California as well. Meanwhile, Canadians, Scots, Scandinavians and Russians should really consider planting some grapevines for their children and grandchildren to get rich from.
  by: l´anglais     01/01/2007 06:29 PM     
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