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Help drain the EU wine lake - give every pensioner a case of wine! That's the call from Scottish MP Ian Davidson wants and six of his Labour colleagues who have called on the governement to supply a dozen bottles of wine from the massive alcohol surplus of almost 800 million gallons across the continent. We won't ask if any of this lake is drinkable...

"Mr Davidson has put down a motion calling for the move signed by seven MPs including former Ministers Kate Hoey and Frank Field on the House of Commons Order Paper - Parliament's daily agenda sent to all MPs, ministers and senior civil servants."

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France, Italy and Spain are in a habit of using EU's annual wine budget to dispose of what is pointed out by you 'We won't ask if any of this lake is drinkable'.

Well the call of the hour is to make the EU wines more marketable to meet the competition from Slovenian wine, which is gradually coming up in the International market with improved wine-making techniques.

That is quite true Esther but with declining consumption in France and Italy (and figures from the UK show a halt in the increase of drinking wine too) new producing countries such as Slovenia will have a hard time making much of a dent in penetrating the market.

I can only surmise that a lot of the EU wine lake is of the lowest quality.

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