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    French wineries may face higher costs for harvest workers

    French wineries may come under added financial pressure as the government considers imposing social charges on wages paid to harvest workers with short-term contracts. Part-time harvest workers are crucial to France’s wine industry. Across agriculture in general, around 300,000 temporary harvest contracts are signed each year, representing around two-thirds of the country's harvest workers.

    10 readers - By Decanter

    Nasty plastic residues in wine, elitism, and the real cost of an MW

    I’d planned, today, to write about fine research led by Dr. Pascal Chatonnet and company at the French Laboratoire Excell demonstrating disturbingly high phthalate residues in some older French brandies, at least some level of plastic residue contamination in all of the French spirits and many wines they tested, and laying out some really sensible thinking on whether that’s a problem.

    8 readers - By The Wine-o-scope

      Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Rosé

      CheapWineRatings.com - - 6 readers - Home Wine Regions French Wine Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Rosé by Tim Lemke - Sep 14, 2014 A couple weeks ago I published a review of Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages, at wine that absolutely blew me away by how awesome it is. So I had to post a review of another wine from the Bila-Haut line, their rosé. This rosé comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon area in France.

      Domaine de la Pépière Pepie Bulles n/v

      Just Grapes - - 6 readers - The Loire Valley makes far too much delicious, affordable wine for anyone’s good. It’s near impossible for other regions to compete with its diversity, quality and downright silly pricing. One of my favourite Loire domaines is Domaine de la Pépière, a top producer from Nantais that makes amazing and very well priced wines suitable for far more than the stereotypical oysters pairing.

      Wine Tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

      Vino Con Vista Italy - - 6 readers - Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oregon is the third largest wine producing state in the US. There are 16 AVAs in Oregon with 450 wineries and 850 vineyards. Oregon and Idaho share an AVA in the Snake River Valley. Oregon and Washington share two AVAs; the Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia Valley.

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      French wineries may face higher costs for harvest workers

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