That would be an awfully feeble argument, even for the the Faux News Snooze Crew.TheBookPolice wrote:Many European countries could be argued to have a financial interest in suppressing agricultural innovation due to controlled place-name appellations. If you want to see an extremist, tell a Frenchman about your favorite Italian champagne.
(Other than the fact that "appelation" is originally a French term — which is all some receptacles need to know, apparently. (No, not you, silly!))
In terms of wine, the Apellation system historically (and may still, for all I know) did a lot to prevent cheap knock-offs that were purportedly made in the same way as traditional regional wines. It had become very easy to game the system.
But it seems the appelation system did become a bit sclerotic and dictatorial. One of the interesting responses (in France) was that there was a new generation of upstart wineries who decided to focus on originality over conformance to the appelation system (which, for example may dictate minimum or maxium percentages of grape varietals for a cerain region).
I think this was mainly in the southwest where many makers were outside of the appelation system, or where makers wanted to be more experimental.