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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Reinventing French malbec

The Argentinians may have changed the way we think of malbec, but here are three wines, mostly from Cahors, which show how France has reclaimed the grape, says David Williams

:: THE GUARDIAN :: The Argentinians have made malbec one of the great success stories of wine in the 2010s – the variously lush, chocolatey and perfumed reds they make from it now a fixture on every bottle-shop shelf and restaurant list. If this latter-day success was once a source of irritation to vignerons in the variety’s original home in southwest France, they have long since come to see it as an opportunity. Once abundant in Bordeaux, the region with the closest association with malbec today is Cahors, an appellation in the gently picturesque Lot Valley around the eponymous medieval city. The wines here were once famously chewy, dense, and dark – black wines by name and nature, and with malbec going by its local name, côt (although this was never seen on the label). Today, Sainsbury’s succulent ripe example fits seamlessly alongside its range of Argentinian malbecs [ . . .]

Read more at Source: THE GUARDIAN Reinventing French malbec | David Williams | Life and style | The Guardian

Exports of rosé from Provence boom thanks to American wine lovers

Exports of rosé wine from Provence have shot up and it’s largely because Americans have a growing thirst for the pink drink. But why is that?


The popularity of the drink which was mocked just 20 years ago has reached new heights abroad.

And that’s particularly true in the US, with the country accounting for a whopping 50 percent of exports of the Provencal rosé wine last year.
“The phenomenon of the internationalization of rosé wines from Provence is accelerating,” said Brice Eymard, leader of France’s Provence Wine Council (CIVP) during a press conference in Paris on Thursday.
“Until 2010-2011, we exported very little, France was the main producer and consumer, but we now see the share of exports sharply accelerating,”  [ . . . }

Source: THE LOCAL Exports of rosé from Provence boom thanks to American wine lovers – The Local

The British have Brexit. We French have our wine delusion

Sure, it occasionally leaves us horizontal, but it’s a proud part of our identity, says freelance journalist Marie Le Conte

If you want to become – or remain – the president of France, you have to touch a cow.

François Hollande touched a cow; Nicolas Sarkozy touched a cow; Jacques Chirac touched more cows than anyone can remember; and every party leader or Elysée hopeful has had to touch a cow at one point or other. It cannot be any cow: the ceremonial patting must occur at the Paris International Agricultural Show, an annual event that does exactly what it says on the tin, and is attended by every French politician worth their salt.

The fair often becomes the scene of minor gaffes as senior politicos trip over themselves to show just how provincial and normal they are, with predictable results – a particularly amusing example in 2015 involved the then prime minister, Manuel Valls, getting thoroughly sloshed.


“From the liver’s point of view, wine really is alcohol!” was the title of the letter, which pointed out that nearly 60% of all alcohol consumed in France is in wine, and that alcohol kills around 50,000 people a year in the country.

Emmanuel Macron didn’t appear drunk at the agriculture show last week, but alcohol did end up causing him a headache. Speaking to journalists from the regional press, the president admitted to drinking wine every day “with lunch and dinner”, and being a staunch believer in his predecessor Georges Pompidou’s saying: “Don’t piss off the French.”

“It is a danger to public health when young people binge-drink spirits or beer,” he added, “but wine isn’t the issue.” He then confirmed that his administration had no ambitions to make the Loi Évin, a law passed in 1991 putting restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, any stricter than it already is.

This clearly didn’t go far enough for Christophe Castaner, the secretary of state for parliamentary relations, who took it upon himself to add in a TV interview: “Let’s not get carried away – there’s alcohol in wine, but it’s not strong alcohol. Wine is a part of our culture, our tradition, our national identity. It’s not our enemy.”

Shockingly, this didn’t please everyone. In an open letter published by the newspaper Le Figaro on Monday, nine health professionals politely but firmly reminded the head of state and his minister that wine is – believe it or not – an alcoholic beverage like any other.

“From the liver’s point of view, wine really is alcohol!” was the title of the letter, which pointed out that nearly 60% of all alcohol consumed in France is in wine, and that alcohol kills around 50,000 people a year in the country.

That this needed to be said is quite remarkable, but perhaps unsurprising; behind that glass of red sipped at a family dinner lies an interesting quirk of the French, and how we like to see ourselves.

You see, French people are civilised. They care about the food they eat and the bottles they carefully pick to go with it. They look down on anyone unsophisticated enough to suggest that their habits might not be as refined as they think.

Sure, they might occasionally drink more wine than the food can soak up and find themselves horizontal, but they don’t get drunk like the British do. Over the Channel lies a an island of feral binge drinkers who do shots and throw up on themselves and pass out in public. Isn’t it ghastly? Like retired people showing their slides after a holiday, French expats in the UK and holidaymakers who have been there catalogue instances of the British binge culture –it’s almost a national sport.

Of course, data collected by the World Health Organisation in 2015 shows that French people drink nearly as much as their British counterparts – 11.6 litres of pure alcohol per capita compared with 12 – but this doesn’t matter.

Every country has their very own national delusions – Brexit certainly counts as one – and France is no exception.

In a way, Macron embodies a lot of ours. He arrogantly charmed his way into the presidency, frequently pontificates about philosophy, unashamedly talks about his love of classical novels and poetry, and is passionate to the point of absurdity about the French language.

France isn’t, in reality, the France we know from the movies, and everyone knows it deep down. But it doesn’t hurt to pretend once in a while. However, deciding that wine simply isn’t a normal alcoholic beverage because it happens to be quintessentially Gallic is not harmless, and though the current crop of politicians are knee-deep in patriotic cliches, future generations might finally decide to put health before tradition.

They just need to make sure they touch a cow first, if they want anyone to pay attention.

 Marie Le Conte is a French freelance journalist living in London | Source: The British have Brexit. We French have our wine delusion | Marie Le Conte | Opinion | The Guardian

French doctors criticise Macron government’s failure to tackle the ‘wine taboo’

Nine French doctors have rounded on President Emmanuel Macron and accused him of “endangering the health of the French people” with his recent positive comments about wine and failure to address the belief that wine is less dangerous than other alcoholic drinks.

Source: French doctors criticise Macron government’s failure to tackle the ‘wine taboo’

Health risk or national treasure? Why France is warring over wine – The Local

I live in the U.S. where there are mass shootings in schools and the government saves its  outage for climate scientists. In terms of “health risks” – I’ll trade you our GOP-led government, if you give us the Châteauneuf du Pape.

I joke, of course. I love France too much to offer her the Trump Cartel.  Read more of this in French Local story on wine, below.

– Pas de Merde

Should wine be given special treatment over other alcohols when it comes to health? France’s outspoken health minister said ‘no’, but then came the backlash.

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