Tuesday, September 05, 2006

When it rains...

...it pours more wine into the lake:

PARIS, Sept 5, 2006 (AFP) - A wet month of August will mean a bumper grape crop for French vineyards, wine industry officials said Tuesday as harvesting got underway in several regions. ....

A high yield is not necessarily good news for producers and dealers, as France already produces a large annual surplus of wine and unsold stocks continue to build despite subsidies every year from the EU to distil large quantities.

But at least fuel prices should decline:

Producers like Sylvain Pitiot, who makes the seductive, voluptuous Clos de Tart, a grand cru Burgundy, are doing exceptionally well, regardless of how many gallons of French wine the European Union wishes to convert to fuel.

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