By SUZANNE MUSTACICH — THE WINE SPECTATOR — Posted: October 7, 2013
A new bill before the French Senate claims the latter, calling for higher taxes on alcoholic beverages, stronger health warnings on labels and new restrictions on advertising and marketing.
A proposed law calls wine a public danger
The proposal has angered French vignerons, and they have organized a lobbying campaign to fight back. “We will not accept being treated like drug dealers when wine is part of the same French gastronomic meal that was classified as an intangible heritage by UNESCO,” said Bernard Farges, president of the CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux). “The 500,000 people from the vineyards and wine trade are launching a national campaign to mobilize against this moral and financial pressure.” (suite…)