Americans like their liquor hard and their biofuel subsidy business grain based. In Europe, they subsidize their grape growers to fill wine lakes of unwanted plonk. The European Union is buying 693,376 hectolitres (18,027,776 gallons or 93,744,435 bottles) from Italy, Greece, Spain and France to turn it into biofuel. They call it ""crisis distillation" -- an emergency market tool used as a short-term measure to correct supply imbalances. At least they are honest enough not to call it an energy policy.
Robert Parker gives Shell high octane a 94. ::Reuters