Blog: Olly WehringFrance drops to British standards

Olly Wehring | 10 January 2007

Into London town today (10 January), for a chat with the folk from the Vinexpo wine exhibition. The event, to be held in Bordeaux this June, is a sell-out with exhibitors and the organisers having high hopes for an impressive turn-out from the likes of you and me.

Rest assured, just-drinks will be there to give you the inside track.

Quote of the day came from Vinexpo’s president, Jean-Marie Chadronnier. When asked for his opinion on global wine consumption, in particular that of his home nation, the Frenchman said: “Wine consumption in France over the last few years has fallen to a similar level - and changed to a similar style - to the UK. A lot of people who have contributed to the high levels of the past have since died.”

As titters started to spread across the room, he expanded: “That’s because of old age, I assure you. Not from drinking too much wine.”

So, not exactly the same style as the UK, then?


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