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French hand out free wine

Narbonne - Wine growers in southern France, eager to alert holiday-makers 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.


Coming from the Puritan colonies of America this strikes me as a bit odd to hand a bottle of wine to somebody driving a car as he passes through a tollbooth. Eek
I agree that France's wine woes are quality related, with the strength of the Euro and their government's low popularity among many Americans adding salt to the wound. This actually sounds like a great idea and one that is surprisingly innovative for the tradition-bound French wine industry.
I find it quite ironic that one of the reasons for the over-supply is the down-turn in consumption in France due to an aggressive government run anti-alcohol campaign. And now that same government is subsidizing the handing out of free alcohol!

That is classic socialist government “I know what’s best for you” thinking.
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Originally posted by California kid:
OK Grun;

I leave for France on Monday!!!



Go get'em, kid! Take my advice though, don't schlep any wine with you, cause as you can see they got wine coming out of their wazoos. Maybe a bottle or two of good quality local Cal wine in case you'll want to thank someone.

I'm looking around for deals on airfare myself right now and so far the plan is to spend the last two weeks of September zipping around Champagne, Burgundy and Jura. I keep my fingers crossed for free wine at tollbooths. But wait!? Those are on A routes only, and I almost never travel on paid roads, choosing instead the sleepy one-lane D roads, where all the charcuteries, fromageries and boulangeries are. Smile


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A sample of situational conversations:

"Babe, you want to look for fromage blanc in this village or can you wait till next one? I read in Paris people kill for cheese from this village." Or "Hey, I know it's only 11 am but I just saw a Cave at the last turn. Come on, tourne-à-gauche here and let's go back and see what they propose." Big Grin

Or (following the sound of screching brakes) "Did I just see a lady selling fraise de bois back there? Back up, back up!!"..."Bounjour, Madame! Comment allez-vous ce matin?! Pouvons-nous essayer vos fraises? Merci!"... "Oh, my God! This is flipping unbelievable." ..."Combien pour le panier entier?"...
Yeah, this is exactly what this thread is about - we discuss at lenght whether or not the French government really is Socialist. You catch on pretty quickly, malbec. Roll Eyes
Coming to a wine forum only to seek out political statements seems a little retarted to me..... Wink

Let's see...9 posts, and all are NWR.
Hmm... Roll Eyes Sounds like another of them trolls. Avoid! :
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a Naval conference that included admirals from the US, English, Canadian, Australian and French navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a group of a half dozen or so officers that included personnel from most of the countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.
He then asked: "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied: "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."
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Originally posted by grunhauser:
Yeah, this is exactly what this thread is about - we discuss at lenght whether or not the French government really is Socialist. You catch on pretty quickly, malbec. Roll Eyes
Coming to a wine forum only to seek out political statements seems a little retarted to me..... Wink

Let's see...9 posts, and all are NWR.
Hmm... Roll Eyes Sounds like another of them trolls. Avoid! :


ummm Chirac is actually right wing, at least by French standards. 15-0 to Malbec.
This 1 is for Board-O.

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995.

US Ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

CND reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

US Ship: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert your course.

CND reply: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course!

US Ship: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CORAL SEA*, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!!

CND reply: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
I think Americans still owe a debt of gratitude to France. After all, were it not for Lafayette we would most likely have been defeated by England in the Revolution.

Furthermore, about 20 years later France sold us 828,000 square miles of land for only $15,000,000, doubling our size in one day.

Thanks France!
Another one for Board-o

It is a portion of a National Public Radio
interview between a female broadcaster
and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to
sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what
things are you going to teach these young boys when
they visit your base?

GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach them
climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

F.E.: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

G.R.: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

F.E.: Don't you admit that this is
a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

G.R.: I don't see how. We will be
teaching them proper rifle discipline before they
even touch a firearm.

F.E.: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

G.R.: Well, you're equipped to be aprostitute,
but you're not one, are you?

The radio went silent and the interview ended.

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