Feature

Dumbing down wine labels

The week's news at a glance.

Bordeaux, France

In an effort to prop up declining wine exports, the French government said last week that it would change the way wine was labeled. Wine experts believe that the French practice of labeling bottles by wine-growing region, such as Medoc, rather than by grape type, such as Merlot, is intimidating to the new crop of American wine drinkers. French wine exports fell by more than 3 percent last year, as U.S. consumers opted instead for the idiot-proof labels of California, Australian, and Chilean wines. True connoisseurs needn’t be too alarmed, though. The new labels will only be slapped on the cheap stuff.

Recommended

Did Putin get 'exactly what he wanted' out of Biden summit?
Fiona Hill.
sunday shows

Did Putin get 'exactly what he wanted' out of Biden summit?

Karzai: Afghanistan will be 'better off' without U.S. military
Hamid Karzai.
afghanistan conflict

Karzai: Afghanistan will be 'better off' without U.S. military

What Ebrahim Raisi's election means for Iran, U.S.
Ebrahim Raisi.
U.S.-Iran relations

What Ebrahim Raisi's election means for Iran, U.S.

The Week contest: Booze rescue
Cans.
Feature

The Week contest: Booze rescue

Most Popular

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

St. Louis couple who waved guns at demonstrators plead guilty to misdemeanors
Patricia and Mark McCloskey.
crime and punishment

St. Louis couple who waved guns at demonstrators plead guilty to misdemeanors