Cheap Wine Prices in Paris Are the Final Push You Need to Book a Trip 

Enjoying a bottle of wine in Paris will do less credit card damage than drinking in other expensive cities. 

Ordering a bottle of wine for the table is a great way to share and connect with dinner companions — especially in Paris, where the average cost of table wine is significantly lower than the world’s other expensive cities.

The average cost of a bottle of table wine in Paris is $11.90, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living index, a survey released by the Economist Intelligence Unit which looks at the average costs of wine and cigarettes in the top 10 cities with the highest cost of living. The low cost of Paris’s table wine is beaten only by Geneva, which ranks an average of $8.37 for its bottles [ . . . ]

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Robert Haas, Tablas Creek co-founder and wine pioneer, dies in California 

Robert Haas died peacefully at his California home last weekend, said Tablas Creek, the wine estate that he co-founded.Many would agree with the winery’s assertion that Haas was a ‘seminal figure in American wine for 65 years’ [ . . . ]

More at: DECANTER Robert Haas, Tablas Creek co-founder and wine pioneer, dies in California – Decanter

Massive Rhône Valley Wine Fraud Reported by French Authorities

French anti-fraud authorities allege that a Rhône Valley wine merchant mislabeled more than 5 million cases of table wine as more expensive appellations like Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Between October 2013 and June 2016, Raphaël Michel, a bulk-wine merchant in France’s Rhône Valley, allegedly sold the equivalent of 13 Olympic-size swimming pools of cheap French table wine while claiming it was some of the best wine of the Southern Rhône Valley.

Those details and more emerged with the release of the annual report of the DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control), France’s powerful anti-fraud agency. While the report does not name Raphaël Michel, the details match precisely with the investigation first reported last July by Wine Spectator. Independent sources confirm that Raphaël Michel is the unnamed company in the report.

According to the DGCCRF report, between 2013 and 2016, the merchant sold around 20 million liters of table wine—the equivalent of 2.23 million cases—as more lucratively priced appellation-level wines including Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône-Villages and even 108,000 cases of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

When investigators dug deeper, the scam grew even larger, encompassing even more kinds of wine. “In total, the fraud touched more than 48 million liters of wine,” reads the report. That is the equivalent of 5.33 million cases of fake wine, 15 percent of the Côtes du Rhône production during those years [ . . . ]

Read full story at: WINE SPECTATOR Massive Rhône Valley Wine Fraud Reported by French Authorities | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Meet the man who couldn’t stop eating

With more than 5.5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or idly wondering about the expected lifespan of someone who eats nothing but KFC and overcooked steak with ketchup. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,591,330-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Tarrare

What it’s about: The French have long been known for their cuisine, but in the late 1700s, one particular Frenchman went for quantity over quality. Tarrare (it’s not known what his full name was, or even if Tarrare was his real name) gained infamy from a young age as a remorseless eating machine, who could consume his own weight worth of food in a day, yet somehow always stayed thin. Doctors were baffled, but he was eventually able to turn his strange ability into a career as a performer, eating large quantities of food and other things for rapt audiences.

Strangest fact: Tarrare was decidedly not a picky eater. While performing, he would eat corks, stones, and live animals. When his act led to an intestinal blockage, he thanked the doctor who treated him by offering to eat his watch. The doctor said he’d cut Tarrare open to get it back if necessary. When not performing, he was known to eat garbage and pick food scraps from dung heaps, and once while hospitalized, he allegedly drank the blood of patients undergoing bloodletting and was caught attempting to eat bodies in the morgue [ . . . ]

Read more at source: AV CLUB Meet the man who couldn’t stop eating