a reply to: Lagomorphe
Okay. I have had a producer tell me that just thirty years ago, the foreign wines weren't bought by the french people too much, even though they were
coming onto the store shelves, just because the people were resistant to trying them. They remained loyal to what they were accustomed to
traditionally, no matter what the prices.
I think she mean to to refer to the difficulty accepting change that is part of the french culture...Many french people have seen the french mentality
change in the last 20 years, becoming more open to novelty. Some think it was internet, and just being exposed to so much more that sparked that, and
that the market simply responded to it (with those discount stores like LIDL, that have not only lower prices, but brands unfamiliar and often from
Perhaps you are right and it was the other way around- the market changed the people. But I remain more sceptical of that idea just because we saw an
opening of minds happening in so many different parts of the globe, due to internet exposure!
But I am aware of the troubles they've had due to weather- this year we went to the Loire valley, and the wineries had just faced devastation because
of that big freeze. They were busy cleaning up, and facing that there would be no recolte for this year. It was a catastrophy.
I see the problems, but I admit I remain deeply american and capitalistic perhaps, in thought- thinking markets respond to demands, and we have no
other choice but go with the flow! I have trouble embracing the traditional expectation in France that if any producers are no longer able to sell
their produce, the government must step in and pay them instead.
The french seem to have this idea that the government has that magic bottomless trunk of money, that they just need to "deblock" and let the gold
I can't handle more taxes taken off our heads now, they're getting more than half our income already. When my husbands job didn't make enough, he
changed careers. Went back to school, started from zero. That is how it is for most people. I admit to feeling less empathy for the families with an
inherited tradition and lands...
Why don't they get creative and find a way to adapt and change with the environment and present conditions?
In California, when conditions wiped out the vines, what did they do? They changed- they adopted the vines from here! French vines saved their butts.
But they opened to the idea of changing it all and asked for them.
Is there no way they could consider making changes of some sort, that might help the situation? (that is not a rhetorical question, it is a sincere
The more taxes we have to pay on french wines, to finance the indemnities for the wineries, the more people will turn towards the cheaper, (less
taxed) spanish wines!
But in any case, the problem of the labelling, apparently, is a real one, which will have to be dealt with at some point.
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