From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Foes of California's ban on foie gras have a new ally abroad: a politician in southern France who is urging a boycott of California wines inresponse.
The state ban on the sale and production of the French-born delicacy, a fatty goose or duck liver made by force-feeding the animals, took effect July 1. Most restaurants in the state have removed the item from their menus, though some haverefused.
The move has outraged Philippe Martin, president of the general council in the Gers region, near the Pyreneesmountains.
"I call on all the restaurants in France that sell Californian wine to stop doing so in a show of solidarity for our foie gras makers and, more broadly, for all food makers," saidMartin.
California produced 90 percent of the $1.4 billion in U.S. wine exports in 2011, according to the Wine Institute in San Francisco. Little is exported to France, said Terry Hall, a spokesman for Napa Valley Vintners of St. Helena, which represents 430wineries.
For more, see: California wine caught in foie gras row