Drink and Drive : the new ethanol paradigm.

Don't get us wrong : We're not advocates of drunk driving. But one article in the October 6, 2005 edition of the New York Times definitely caught our attention : did you know that french wine sales had dropped dramatically, and that as a consequence France asked the European Union to approve the distillation of 150 million liters of the country's high quality Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) wine ? I see you're getting interested : what does distillation have to do with wine ? Well distillation of an alcoholic brewerage, such as these fine wines, produces ethanol. You got the point : ethanol can power your car (After being produced from the distillery, the ethanol is sold to oil refineries, which use it as an additive that they mix into their gasoline as part of a European campaign to increase the use of renewable fuels). It's not the first time that some french wine is distillated to produce ethanol. But 2005 will be rememebered as the first time in the long history of "AOC" wines history because they too will start going to the distillery for conversion into ethanol for fuel.

It could be seen as ironic to note that the price drop of these french wines occurs simultaneously with what we could call the new oil crash. Times are getting rough aren't they ? You know the story now : don't drink that extra glass before you get to your car.. Keep it for the fuel tank !

:: New York Times article - A Wine of Character, but How Many Miles to a Gallon?