Good Morning Gentle Readers,
You just gotta love the French.....
A group of French lawmakers have issued a report recommending that school children be taught "how to appreciate wine" and the commencement of "education programs to inform young people about the origins, history and characteristics of French wines."
Can you imagine the hysterical outrage that would be aimed at those who suggested such a thing here in America. The folks at MADD would...well...go mad.
Although many Americans suspect that those decadent Frogs feed babies wine instead of formula or Snookie Milk, there actually is a drinking age in France. It's sixteen. My Ma's husband, Sonny, who early in his military career was keeping some of the peace in France, says there was no drinking age in those days. And, it's anecdotal evidence to be sure, but TWC has been advised that there is a certain lethargy among the local gendarmerie when it comes to avid enforcement of the French drinking age.
Legal to drink at sixteen years old. And we thought we were living large in the old days when the drinking age in Arizona was 19.
Frank was the baby of his Italian family and the first to be born in America. He swears the old time Italian tradition was to serve kids cheap red Italian wine watered down with 7-Up with dinner. In those short glass tumblers like they serve in places where Fat Clemenza hangs out. Frank's been drinking wine for more than sixty years and seems none the worse for wear. Long time readers may recall seeing this quote:
So what good Italian can’t drink a bottle of wine in one evening? Heck its only four glasses.
The Wine Commonsewer
tip of the glass to Fermentation