Mondovino Inspires Violence
A group of whacked out French vintners in the Languadoc who would point to the Film "Mondovino" as inspiration have done more damage with dynamite.
Yes you read that right. Dynamite
According to reports, a group has formed made up of French vintners upset that the government isn’t doing more to help with the fact that French exports of wine has fallen and about the oversupply of French wine. The French government has already allocated 70 million Euros to aid vintners who are having a difficult time adapting to the idea of global competition and their own overvalued sense of selfworth. So how do they protest.
In mid March the group bombed the cellar of La Baume, the largest exporter of French wine, apparently associating the organization with "globalization". Perhaps these are the heroes director Jonathon Nossiter so kindly put on display in the film Mondovino.
Yesterday the same group carried out bomb attacks on various targets in Montpellier, Carcassonne and Nimes. The group calls itself (Comité regional d’action viticole–Translation: Regional committee of wine action) and scrawled their dirty name on buildings
I call them the MITs:Mondovino Inspired Terrorists.
The only way bombs are going to help the French wine industry is if they are thrown into the vineyards with the aim of destroying those vines that serve to produce insipid wine produced by vintners who think their nationality is enough to insure sale of their over priced, underqualified wines.
March has been a month of protest in southwestern France. In addition to the violent actions of the French Whiners, a large protest march was staged on March 9 in Montpellier, again protesting the 70 Million Euros allocated to aid French vintners and growers.
How can a country with the foremost reputation in the world for producing great wines and with so much winemaking history, and with so many amazing grape growing regions find itself in such trouble that bombs have begun to fly and where many vintners believe their future depends upon the government giving out literally millions and millions of Euros in aide?
I think the answer is in part, hubris. When in the face of a radically changing global market place you simply put your hands over your face and say, "it does not matter, we are French and everyone will always buy French wine," you prevent yourself from adapting and taking the kind of action that is necessary to stay competitive.
Jonathon Nossiter, the director of Mondovino, the ridiculous documentary on the affects of globalization on the wine business, must recognize that he is the spiritual propagandist for this band of terrorist, bomb throwing vintners in France. He lionizes them in his film as he pushes the notion that small, "artisan" vintners shouldn’t be forced to respond to changing market forces. Nossiter’s film inspires this kind of violence by suggesting that small vintners are at the mercy of the "Multinational" wineries and will die out if "something" isn’t done. Well, Mr. Nossiter, "something" is being done. "Something" has a burning fuse attached to it. "Something" is going to kill someone.
The French wine industry will bounce back once the adults take over from children running around with dynamite in their pockets and when the adults start to address the obvious problems that plague the greatest wine producing country in the world.
However, until then the Mondovino-Inspired Terrorists in France will have their day.