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06.01.2005

French Winegrowers Invade England

No, no, no. Not the same ones that are rioting in the streets. This is a more peaceful (if not covert) invasion. Apparently, without most people noticing, the English have actually begun to grow grapes well enough to make decent wines. As a result several French producers are apparently on the prowl to purchase English vineyards. It must really chap their hides, though, to have to pay for them in pounds sterling. Read the full story here.

Comments (4)

sam wrote:
06.01.05 at 6:43 PM

Ha ha.
this almost coincides with my post about English 'champagne' which I hope to have up on my blog on Friday.

According to my, admittedly limited, research on the subjectof sparklers, the French don't have too much to worry about just yet...

Bertrand wrote:
06.02.05 at 9:13 AM

Champagne producers looking for english land ....Interesting... Warmer weather may be a threat for Champagne vineyards , also it could be they just can't expand right now in Champagne with the real estate prices and strict delimitation of Appellation zones. Could be also England is more business friendly and taxes are (much) lower than in France...They don't have ISF over there . ISF is for "Impot Sur la Fortune" and taxes ( of course, it adds up to all the other french taxes )french people over a certain amount of wealth . As the amount includes property , a sizable proportion of the middle class ( not me, yet )is subject to one more french fiscal grab . Of course Champagne producers are in the lot and investing outside France may be one of the reasons .
Whatever , that's funny...

Lenn wrote:
06.02.05 at 12:19 PM

What a coincidence on this end too...our friend Andy Barrow just sent me a bottle of UK bubbly...I may need to move it up in the tasting rotation!

sam wrote:
06.03.05 at 7:15 AM

The English Champagne post is here if you are interested.

I am intrigued to see what Lenn thinks too.

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