French irritated by Obama's inaugural 'champagne'
An industry group says bubbly planned for the inauguration lunch is mislabeled, but US law disagrees.
You know, French champagne lobbyists, you make it really difficult not to crack jokes about snooty waiters and cartoon skunks when you quibble over trifles like the bubbly being served at President Barack Obama's inaugural lunch.
Just to illustrate how the Champagne Bureau spends its time when not sniffing at tourists who mispronounce coq au vin or chasing a female cat that's accidentally had white paint spilled down its back, the industry group scolded the inaugural committee for recklessly throwing around the word "champagne" on its luncheon menu.
The committee decided to celebrate the president's swearing in with a version of Korbel Natural Russian River Valley Champagne, which the Champagne Bureau says is decidedly not champagne.
"We would urge the inaugural committee to follow that law and not state the sparkling wine being served is champagne, as they did in today's release," Sam Heitner, the director of the Champagne Bureau, told The Hill. "Champagne only comes from Champagne, France."
Except when it doesn't. Many countries around the world restrict the use of "champagne" to sparkling wine from the Champagne region, but U.S. law is a bit different. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has spelled out when wineries can use certain designations and just how they can use them. The use of the term "champagne" is protected under the "semi-generic" law 27 CFR 4.24, which dictates that the word can be applied only to sparkling wines produced before 2006, as long as their point of origin is clearly spelled out on the label. This is where the Champagne Bureau and the inaugural committee agree to disagree.
"U.S. law clearly states that the full name of the wine label must include where it comes from," Heitner told The Hill. "Under the law, the label for this wine would state 'California Champagne.'"
Perhaps some portion of the label was lost in translation, as the inaugural committee's press release indicates that the sparkling wine being served with dessert is "Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California." Though the "California" portion seems to clearly indicate the wine's home state, Heitner insists it's still a violation of U.S. law.
This isn't Brown-Forman (BF.A) subsidiary Korbel's first go-round with the Champagne lobby. Founded in 1882 by two Czechoslovakian brothers, Korbel has used "Champagne" to describe its sparkling wine for more than a century and is often grandfathered into Champagne designation laws by using the "California Champagne" label. It's been served at six inaugurations, including president Obama's last in 2009.
For now, France itself is sitting out this bubbly battle, as it is far too preoccupied with its transition back to a socialist government and the tax-driven departure of actor Gerard Depardieu to notice. People involved with planning the inauguration seem not to care what the Champagne Bureau has to say about their wine selection either.
"The Champagne Lobby should have a glass of their own product and relax," said Matt House, a spokesman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
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obama and his minions dont care about the law - what are you thinking???
Who cares? As long as he picked "made in the USA" is all that matters to me.
France, get over yourselves...... no wonder you get picked on.....
The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, 'merely a fool'. It is far less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.
AH YES THE RULING FEW DINE on FINE CHAMPAGNE and SHRIMP as we STRUGGLE to Make Bread SO KING BOMMA SIR< SHOULD WE EAT CAKE?
Can you imagine what a good old American institution like the Coca Cola company would do if some French firm produced a look alike beverage and Labeled it as "Coke". Come on people, quit picking on the French, this isn't an issue of nationality. What's going on here is just standard maneuvering of the international monopoly capitalists. It's the same old corporate greed mongers doing what they do best, protecting their own private dung heap.
Depardieu's departure.... for tax reasons? LOL If his departure was for tax reasons then there are other countries closer to France and where the weather and the food is fantastic without going to Russia.
Anyhoo all that fresh air and vodka etc, before long he will have shed pounds and will be all buff like Putin. LOL
So what is his real reason for going to Russia?
Wonder what these folks who are leaving their country because they are too greedy, cheap, selfish, mean and miserly to pay their fair share of taxes going to do when the country they have decided to cadge off raise taxes there too? THink these countries are going to put up with an influx of rich freeloaders who contribute nothing to their economy or tax base for long? What are these countries going to do when these 'jobs creators' create no jobs?
Maybe the French should try to improve the Renault, The Peugeot, The Citroen, and see if they can compete on the automobile world stage ( HA HA HA HA HA) before trashing anyone else making wine/champagne !
YEAH OBummer IRRiTates My PETRO Hole since He wont Let us Drill for Oil and Gas here too
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