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January 07, 2005

Bordeaux Wine Sales Down, Down, Down

Gob-smackingly vile:

Bordeaux wine exports sink in 2004 BORDEAUX, France, Jan 6 (AFP) - Bordeaux wine producers announced more depressing export figures Thursday, with sales to the United States down by more than a third in a year.

Overall exports from the historic wine region of southwest France were down 10 percent in volume and 24 percent in value for the first three quarters of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003, according to the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux Wine (CIVB).

Exports to the United States were down by a massive 35 percent in volume and 59 percent in value, and sales to Britain down by 21 percent in volume and 33 percent in value, it reported.

...

French wine-makers are going through their worst crisis in decades thanks to competition from new producer countries and falling domestic consumption.

Ahem.

No mention of a boycott due to the backlash against Gallic anti-Americanism and cynicical corruption, eh?

Just "competition" and "falling domestic consumption."

On the latter point, I think Bluto said it best: "I suggest you start drinking heavily."

And he was pre-med. Or pre-law. Eh, what's the difference.

Thanks to GregS. No link, alas. But it comes from Expedia, and was published by the AFP.


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