France: The Grapes of Wrath

The harvest is only a week or two off in the wine country of Southern France — and this year it promises to be a harvest of discontent. The French manage to drink 1.6 billion gallons of wine each year, but last year's record harvest of 1.9 billion gallons was too much even for them. One-third of it still rests unsold in the vats, forcing down prices and in some places making storage space for the new wine scarce. Since this year's harvest is expected to be fairly bountiful, the problem of oversupply has caused an economic crisis.

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