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More expensive to hire seasonal workers in France

Starting this year, the government in France has annulled some of the exceptions to the social security contributions for seasonal workers that the agricultural employers have previously enjoyed. In other words, it is now more expensive to bring in temporary labour for harvesting, pruning and other work in the vineyards or in the cellar. The […]

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Problems in Beaujolais

As many as a quarter of all Beaujolais growers (ie 500 growers) will possibly go bankrupt before the year is over. So great is the crisis in the region, according to La Vigne. The harvest in 2012 will, due to various weather problems, be small and this will not help the situation. The growers expect […]

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End of The Good Times for top Bordeaux wines?

Will the financial crisis lead to harder times for the most exclusive wine chateaux in Bordeaux? Some people think so. Jeffrey Davis says to Wine Business International that he has noted a decline in the demand in top US restaurants. Others also note a weakening demand. But it’s perhaps not only the financial crisis that […]

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Machine makes cheap plonk taste like grand cru

“The Wine Ager” is the concept name for a machine that with ultrasound supposedly makes a cheap wine taste like a much more expensive wine in no time, or at least in 30 minutes. And eliminates hangover! Casey Jones, the inventor of the apparatus that looks like a large ice bucket, says: “This machine can […]

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Will champagne hit the wall?

Carol Duval-Leroy, owner of Champagne Duval-Leroy, producing some 6 million bottles per year, is worried about the future with rising champagne prices and looming financial crisis. Prices of grapes as well as of champagne has gone up recently. Grape prices are up 11% over two years and the price of a bottle have gone up […]

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