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A Wine Channel in France

October 2, 2009

For any other country having a TV channel devoted to wine is… no big deal. In France it requires to go through a major administrative work. Why is that? First of all, because wine is now considered as a very dangerous drink leading to alcoholism and major health problems. Second, because the French law require […]

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Facebook, dream or nightmare?

May 28, 2009

Technology is not always a dream. A few years ago, I opened an account on Facebook. It was moderately active as I was busy writing a book, consulting, teaching and interviewing people for articles. But it worked: I received invitations from friends, posted a couple of things on my wall and invited friends to join […]

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The end of the French drama

March 18, 2009

Is France a drama Queen? Certainly, if you consider what happened about this so called law on public health. Let’s see the milestones of the drama: two days before the law on public health was supposed to be voted by our MP, the Health Institute published a report saying that one glass a day of […]

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Is education the answer to alcohol related problems?

March 6, 2009

France is currently debating a law on how to save its health coverage system and prevent various costly diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular accidents and so on. First culprit: wine consumption. I suppose drinking a glass of whiskey a day or a glass of vodka is much better for your health! Whatever the culprit or […]

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More on the French Absurdity

March 3, 2009

At the exact time a law endangering the French wine trade is being discussed, a new body will be introduced in France: the Committee of… Wine Travel. This committee has for mission to promote our wine regions to domestic and foreign tourists. I’m sure everybody will enjoy visiting a winery or a wine region without […]

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French Paradox or French Absurdity?

March 2, 2009

A few years ago, the French Paradox thrilled Americans (and French as well): by drinking a glass of wine a day and eating some olive oil, a lot of fruit and vegetable, fish (rather than meat), men and women could stay healthy for many years and avoid the dreaded and dreadful cardiovascular disease. And now […]

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Michigan deprived of

January 28, 2009 decided to leave Michigan to protest a new shipping law. Indeed the state passed a law banning retailers from shipping wines to consumers, and specifically the use of third-party delivery services such as FedEx and UPS. Since just launched aspecial delivery service, it is againts it best interests to keep working in Michigan. […]

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75th anniversary of Repeal of Prohibition

December 5, 2008

December 5, 1933: great day for American wine drinkers. Prohibition has ended. For many Americans, Prohibition is just a word, something they heard about and that happened in the distant past. In fact, Prohibition is still impacting the wine business of the 21st Century. When Repeal passed, it let individual states set their own rules, […]

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Wine advertised on Internet in France?

October 29, 2008

The question mark is important. But it shows that the French administration, represented by the Ministry of Health, seems to be ready to put an end to an incredibly stupid story. In 1991, the “Loi Evin”, a law edicted by the then Ministry of Health Claude Evin, banned all advertising of alcohol in magazines, TV, […]

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Wine Politics by Tyler Colman, a.k.a. DrVino

October 3, 2008

On my list of “summer readings”, there was Wine Politics. How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters and critics Influence the Wines We Drink by Tyler Colman. Quite a program! And a surprising one! I knew DrVino blog and enjoy reading it. I never commented – being a little shy but always liked the spirited and hot posts […]

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