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French Authorities Call for Health Warnings for Pregnant Women on Wine Labels

FRANCE (Paris) – In 2007, a law was passed which imposes wine producers to print health warnings for pregnant women on the back label. They can change between a symbol (a women with a wine glass), or according written information. Now, the pictogram, which currently has to have a minimum size of 0.5 centimeter, is to be doubled to 1 centimeter. The decree of the French health ministry made the French vintners noticeably raise their eyebrows and murmur.

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USA (California) – Many glasses have already been sold underhand – as from now, hairdressers and beauty salons in California are allowed to offer alcoholic beverages to their customers legally. In the US federal state, as from 1st...

AUSTRIA (Vienna) – Many wine books, websites, and leaflets of Austria Wine Marketing (Österreich Wein Marketing/ÖWM;) are no longer up to date and have to be revised because in the middle of June, a new wine law came into effect which...

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FRANCE (Bordeaux) – The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) scored a big coup: China’s authorities officially approved all Bordeaux AOC as geographic declarations of origin for still-wines. So, Bordeaux is the...

UK (London) – Sally Davies, England’s chief medical doctor, damned studies about potential health benefits of drinking red wine, but also of white wine, and declared them as nonsense. “Nobody should drink more than one glass of wine a...

FRANCE (Paris) – On January 1st, the long-debated and much-discussed deregulation of the planting law for grapes in the vineyards by the EU came into effect. Thus, the old system is watered down because as from now grapes can theoretically...

FRANCE (Alsace) – The wine authority responsible for Alsace is planning to divide the AOC vineyards of the growing region located in the east of France into cru and premier cru vineyards. Not all the vintners agree with this proposal....

RUSSIA (Moscow) – The Russian government is introducing a minimum price for wine products in order to promote grape production and to curb wine fakes. The according bill, which Prime Minister Dmitri Medwedew signed most recently, allows...

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