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Monday, March 19, 2007

The great wines of BurgundyBurma

This little article is fascinating for two reasons. First the entire notion of starting a vineyard in the tropics, particularly in a country run by a secretive military dictatorship, is interesting in and of itself.

Also of note is mention the fact that China is shaping up to be a big wine consumer. Does this bode well for our wine industry? Does it make sense to plant more vinifera for $50K an acre in California--or someplace riskier and more novel like, say, Missouri--with a burgeoning market overseas? Or will new Burmese producers and their ilk flood our local stores with even more quality budget wines from developing countries and win away some of our customers?

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