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  • France to turn wine into hand cleaner
  • jskim | 2020.06.08 10:07
  • France to turn wine into hand cleaner

    Why do you think French winemakers would change wine into hand cleaner?

    What is most hand cleaner/sanitizer made from?


    French winemakers will transform unsold wine into hand sanitizer to make room for the next grape collection.

    Wine sales and exports, especially to the US, plunged because of coronavirus. This means winemakers have millions of liters of unsold wine.


    The alcohol that is leftover will be used exclusively for the pharmaceutical (drug stores etc) and cosmetic beauty industry. And it will be used to produce hand sanitizer, and for the production of ethanol (ethanol is a kind of fuel).


    Each winemaker has until June 19 to say the amount he or she wishes to turn into alcohol for making sanitizer or other products.

    If they do this they will receive 58 to 78 euros in compensation. The prices are different because of which regions the wine comes from. European money will pay for the project. Brussels gave its green light for the exceptional action.


    Major wine-producing countries such as Spain and Italy have done similar things to control having too much wine. Coronavirus has added to the problem of the French wine industry. The wine industry already had problems trying to export to the US as punitive taxes were made from the US.  




    Try to guess the meaning of the words in bold and match them with their closest meaning from the choices in the right. Some of the answers are very close and have similar meaning. The meaning of these words is how they are used in the reading. Some of these words have different meanings in the dictionary depending on how they are used.

     The answers are below the table.

    A=4, B=2, C=7, D=1, E=8, F=6, G=3, H=5


    Some example sentences using the new words or phrases from the meaning of how they are used in the reading to help you understand better.

    1. Wow! That surgery has really transformed your beauty.

    2. Let’s make room so other people can walk through here.

    3. The price of oil plunged this year because nobody is driving cars.

    4. This club is exclusive to members.

    5. We will compensate you for the cost to come here today.

    6. The Seoul mayor gave the green light for construction to begin.

    7. He is an exceptional piano player. He can play anything.

    8. If you cheat you must receive punitive financial damages.



    Some questions using the new words/phrases. Try to use the words/phrases in your answer.


    1. What other industries have been transformed in 2020? What industries or jobs do you think will be transformed in the future?

    2. What do you need to make more room for in your life? For example, you need to make more room in your life to meet family because….

    3. What companies share/stock market price has plunged this year? Would you buy these shares? Why or why not?

    4. How do you feel about exclusive products or shops such as Gucci?

    5. Are people and businesses hurt by coronavirus being compensated in your country?

    6. What is something exciting in your life that you were given the green light on?

    7. If you could be exceptional in one thing, what would that one thing be? And why?

    8. What do you think are the best punitive actions for companies that cheat?

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