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August 18, 2014

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siepert

I really love your blog. There's probably one other english language blog out there that provides similar in depth info on French winemakers. There is however one issue I have with it: You're only displaying a truncated RSS feed of your posts, so I need to click through to read full posts. This is inconvenient on a laptop, because of the context change, but really problematic on mobile, where your site just doesn't display well. Is this because of your advertisers? If so, could you maybe consider naming them with links at the end of each blog post instead and display the full RSS feed? That would be amazing.

Bert

Yes I know, it was a deliberate choice, I understand it's arduous to access the website correctly with a mobile, I haven't really worked on that and I'm pondering what to do. Still I'm reluctant to have the whole content read elsewhere than on the blog itself, and incindently my advertisers too I guess.

Sklenicka

Dear Bertrand,
I love your blog and it is a great source of valuable information, even for professionals!
I just want to comment your complaints about French administration making things difficult for small farms/vignerons. It reads funny: first the results show that France does it very well because so many small vignerons do beautiful wines and make decent living. Second, situation is much worse in other European countries (like mine:). I see perfect balance between small farms doing pretty good handcrafted wines without a lot of paperwork (and without a lot of development that brings industrial technology etc.) and big industrial projects focused on growth :) with standard accounting. I think this is the thing that we envy French vignerons.
Anyway, great blog!

Bert

Hi Sklenicka
If you speak to many of these vignerons in private you hear a different story, they have seen an enormous worsening of the red tape and administration hassles over the years (add also the norms issue), I guess that if they could just return to the way the administration treated them in the 1960s' it'd all be fine. They may do well because wine buyers and the public support them, but this still has to be achieved through a non-necessary loss of energy dealing with the bureaucracy. Other countries may be worse in this regard but a country like France with such a long tradition in winemaking should be more interested in having its artisan vignerons work in better conditions. This is clearly not the case.

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