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Blow to French national pride.

#1
The US has emerged victorious in a blind tasting by experts in London and California pitting US and French wine against each other.
The contest recreated a tasting 30 years ago in which France was defeated after French experts decided wines from California were better that year.

The result was seen as a blow to French national pride and shocked the country's wine industry.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5013910.stm


Living in a former french colony i know how p1ssed off and stroppy the frogs can be when it comes to wine.

It's the norm for them to stop eating at restaurants that sell aussie wine.
 
#2
Give me a new world wine everytime. At the economy (=cheap :) ) end of the market anything from Chile, US, NZ or Oz will knock spots of French wine which is likely to taste like vinegar. It is pretty much the same at the real quality end as well (although the French stuff is less likely to taste like vinegar!) but I don't manage to get up to that end very often!
 
#3
Ofcourse the French won't simply roll over and admit that US wine tastes better to an independant panel of experts, oh no! They'll declare that French wine is still the best in the world and that somehow the judges have no taste. In true gallic form they might even suggest that French wine is simply too exquisite to be appreciated by the likes of.. well, everyone else in the world.
 
#4
expat_71 said:
The US has emerged victorious in a blind tasting by experts in London and California pitting US and French wine against each other.
The contest recreated a tasting 30 years ago in which France was defeated after French experts decided wines from California were better that year.
I've been saying this for years! French wine is a product of inbred grapes and old-fashioned palates, flat and boring. California wine (and not that mouthwash from the Gallo Brothers, either) is much more rich and energetic.

If you have some vacation fund set aside, and while the exchange rate is still in the Brits' favor, I highly recommend a wine country tour in Santa Barbara, Mendocino or Temecula Counties. Mainly because the idea of British squaddies descending on the tasting rooms of stately California ranch houses is funny as fcuk. :D

Napa is a tourist trap, but it is beautiful and it does have the advantage of being close to San Fran.

At the economy (=cheap ) end of the market anything from Chile, US, NZ or Oz will knock spots of French wine which is likely to taste like vinegar.
Amen, Xenophon. God has enabled us to get whacked economically with good taste thanks to Oz and NZ.

In true gallic form they might even suggest that French wine is simply too exquisite to be appreciated by the likes of.. well, everyone else in the world.
Well, if you're gonna be wrong, you might as well be wrong with conviction.
 
#12
Some observations of our vino swigging neighbours..

"France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these
drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by
prostitutes." Mark Twain.

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one
behind me." General George S. Patton.

"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your
accordion." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

"We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it."
Marge Simpson

"As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure" Jacques Chirac,
President of France "As far as France is concerned, you're right." Rush
Limbaugh,

"The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is
sitting in Paris sipping coffee." Regis Philbin.

"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any
better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit
outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more
stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whisky I don't
know." P.J O'Rourke (1989).

"You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the
1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't have the
face for it." John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona.

"You know why the French don't want to bomb Saddam Hussein? Because he
hates America, he loves mistresses and wears a beret. He is French,
people." Conan O'Brien

"I don't know why people are surprised that France won't help us get
Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn't help us get Hitler out of
France either" Jay Leno.

"The last time the French asked for 'more proof' it came marching into
Paris under a German flag." David Letterman

Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in Canada.
Ted Nugent.

War without France would be like ... uh .. World War II. Anon.

"The favorite bumper sticker in Washington D.C. right now is one that
says 'First Iraq, then France.'" Tom Brokaw.

"What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted more of its
national will fighting against Disney World and Big Macs than the
Nazis?" Dennis Miller.

"It is important to remember that the French have always been there when
they needed us." Alan Kent

"They've taken their own precautions against al-Qa'ida. To prepare for
an attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a white flag, and
a three-day supply of mistresses in the house." Argus Hamilton

"Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being
advertised on eBay the other day -- the description was, 'Never shot.
Dropped once.'" Rep. Roy Blunt (MO)

Raise your right hand if you like the French ... raise both hands if
you are French.

Q. What did the mayor of Paris say to the German Army as they entered
the city in WWII? A. Table for 100,000 m'sieur?

"Do you know how many Frenchmen it takes to defend Paris? It's not
known, it's never been tried." Rep. R. Blount (MO)

"Do you know it only took Germany three days to conquer France in WWII?
And that's because it was raining." John Xereas, Manager, DC Improv.

The AP and UPI reported that the French Government announced after the
London bombings that it has raised its terror alert level from Run to
Hide. The only two higher levels in France are Surrender and
Collaborate. The rise in the alert level was precipitated by a recent
fire which destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively disabling
their military.

So. Mine's a Bitter.
 
#13
French pride?? What? had pride? only teasing

May be its cause france has the same awful weather as we do and California gets decent weather in comparison

Or may be its cause the soil is knackered as they have been growing in france longer than in california ?
 
#14
I'll put my money on a South American wine everytime and occasionally an Italian the state of their economy normally means you can get some decent wines cheap
 

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