Sacre Bleu!! Zees French Wine

…she eez Swill! (As opposed to “swell”, which is JUST what the American wines turned out to be.)

Wine competition pits France v US
The US has emerged victorious in a blind tasting by experts in London and California pitting US and French wine against each other.

…Nine judges there sampled ten unlabelled glasses of decades-old wines.
The combined scores from both panels gave victory to wines from California’s Napa Valley. A 1971 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet from Napa received the highest praise.
“I’m very impressed,” said Christian Vanneque, a French judge who was at the original tasting in 1976.
I don’t know if I will be able to go back to France,” he added. “After a second time, they will kill me.

A Swill Salute (of something American and yummy) to Professor Bainbridge and Radio Blogger for bringing this to our attention.
UPDATE: Well, they can always use the corked bottles for nightlights.

The Champagne vineyards of France could face a nuclear disaster, according to Greenpeace which on Tuesday said radioactive underground water had been found just 10 kms from the country’s most prestigious wine producing region.
… The report, by Acro, a private laboratory specialising in radioactivity analysis, said significant levels of tritium, radioacive hydrogen, had leaked into the environment. Samples of underground water taken near the Normandy site at La Hague last week showed levels some 90 times higher than European safety limits.

8 Responses to “Sacre Bleu!! Zees French Wine”

  1. nobrainer says:

    About time for them to wave the white flag, isn’t it?

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    They’ve got so much practice, nobrainer…

  3. You realize, I hope, that this is nothing new. California wines have been kicking Frog ass for quite a few years now.
    And, IIRC, all or most Froggy red wines are from California vines.

  4. Well, yes that’s true, Mr. Summers. But this is interesting because it was a redux of the original earth shattering ‘California whups France’ blind tasting ~ the one that took the sneer from mustachioed Gallic lips and the “Gallo” from the dismissive snort at American wines.
    Et voil√°, we wins eet agains, a second triomphe 30 years later.

  5. The_Real_JeffS says:

    There’s nothing like a good snort of this to take your mind off of Frog wines.

  6. Jeff, you are SO never getting introduced to my best friend…

  7. nobrainer says:

    When purchasing wine, one must be informed and knowledgeable.

  8. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I said “Frog wines”, THS, not American wines. Think of it being a sort of system purge for The Good Stuff.

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