They say wine is good for your heart and your blood pressure, and one assumes that it is usually good for your disposition. But some angry winemakers in France have dispelled that notion with a heated protest that resulted in violence and mayhem.
About 7,000 winemakers, in protest of falling wine prices and the cost of fuel, marched through the streets of Languedoc Roussillon on Wednesday afternoon. In the process they trashed wine aisles in local stores and turned policemen out of their cars, setting fire to the police vehicles.
Wednesday’s march followed a similar protest in Carcassonne and also a return to action by members of militant winemaker group, CRAV, earlier this month.
Militant winemakers? Apparently so. The CRAV has committed acts of vandalism and arson already and has sent threatening letters to President Sarkozy intimating that "deaths" resulting from his inaction cannot be ruled out.
France may be famous for its wine, but I think I am going to be shopping for some nice domestic California vintage from here on in.