Cow's Blood in French Wine

Aug 27th, 2005, 07:37 PM
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Cow's Blood in French Wine

I know there used to be a practice of using cow's blood to process something in French wines. I also understand they discontinued the practice after the mad cow scare in the 90's. Does anyone know anything more about this topic? I have some 1998 French wine and am now wondering if it was made after the practice was discontinued?
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:03 PM
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Yuck is what I thought when I read your headline. So I went to google and searched on french wine cow blood. In 1999 the french gov't caught 9 wineries continuing the practice that was banned in 1997. So your 1998 vintage probably is OK but it may not be. Not terribly reassuring.
http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Ar...5,2348,00.html
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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Yea. Since 1997 they've been using mostly pig blood instead, so you should be fine.
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:21 PM
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My clicker finger is too fast..

You "know" that there used to be a practivce of using cows blood to process something in French wine??


Snopes tells how the urban legend started with this cows blood story.
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:28 PM
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Sounds like the product may lack a certain finesse. If you're looking for something as full-bodied as that, but without the added protein, you'd be well advised to sample the robust reds of some warm-weather regions in this part of the world (eg Coonawarra, South Australia).

I remember reading about some Italian wineries being caught a few years ago for the same thing.

There's a Hungarian drop called Egri Bikaver (sp?), which I was told means "bull's blood". But I guess they wouldn't be advertising the fact.
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:55 PM
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Thanks for all the quick feed-back, folks. Scarlett: It was reassuring to read that snopes article. I can only hope the practice was eliminated or at least is not capable of passing on contaminants. I'd be SOL otherwise. Goshdarnit, I drank a bottle before I thought about the whole subject.
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:56 PM
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Thanks for all the quick feed-back, folks. Scarlett: It was reassuring to read that snopes article. I can only hope the practice was eliminated or at least is not capable of passing on contaminants. I'd be SOL otherwise. Goshdarnit, I drank a bottle before I thought about the whole subject. I can report it was excellent and not bloody at all.
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:57 PM
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Aug 27th, 2005, 08:58 PM
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How did that happen? Can't be the wine. Had that hours ago.
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Aug 29th, 2005, 11:07 AM
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The main diet staple for the Masai in Kenya is a mixture of cow's blood and milk.
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Aug 29th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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The stuff is used to make GREAT sausages, they would never ever waste it or put it into cheap wine!! This is absolutely inefficient, so it's not been done!
I am hungry now...
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Aug 29th, 2005, 11:31 AM
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I believe the only place you can still buy French wine with Cow's Blood is at the MOOlin Rouge. Got Wine?
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Aug 29th, 2005, 11:48 AM
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maitaitom - Udderly disgusting.

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Aug 29th, 2005, 11:52 AM
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I'd better cut down on my red wine intake. Lately I've had an uncontrollable urge to chew my cud.
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Aug 29th, 2005, 12:02 PM
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Think about the post where some guy was scared he didn't get his vitamimes in Europe. ;-).
You really don't need them, nobody really does. Better get the real stuff, and it tastes so good!
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Aug 29th, 2005, 01:51 PM
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I think if you drink the wine with the blood at a Full Moooon is when you run into trouble.

Wonder if that is why the Masai are so tall?
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Udder nonsense!

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