• Tour de France Chilean wine deal leaves bad taste


    TOULOUSE, France: There was a whiff of revolt in France on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as news broke that the Tour de France organizers had struck a deal to promote a Chilean wine at its 2016 event. The wine “Bicicleta” from Chile’s Cono Sur is the wine in question, and will only be allowed on the promotional events outside France, in Switzerland, Andorra and Spain. But domestic wine producers were up in arms. “It’s unacceptable to allow the Tour de France organizers to promote a wine from Chile,” the Young Farmers group (JA) said on its website. “They should be supporting only French produce.” The group has threatened to disrupt one of the stages in the Aude region between Carcassonne and Montpellier if the partnership goes ahead. The Tour de France runs from July 2 to 24.



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