Wine, can’t you behave?

Remember the furore that erupted when the Reagan-era government tried to classify ketchup as a vegetable? I have a feeling that this will not attract nearly as much opprobrium: International > Europe > Paris Journal: A Campaign to Drink Another Glass of Wine for France” href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/23/international/europe/23fran.html”>French to Classify Wine as Food.

“Wine is not a food like any other,” said Alain Suguenot, the head of the wine growers’ study group of France’s National Assembly and the Commander of the Chevaliers de Tastevin, the exclusive fraternity of Burgundy wine connoisseurs. “It’s a special food. It has nutritional value. Of course, you cannot eat it alone. It’s a food you have to eat with other food. But it is a food.”

All to combat a slump in the French wine market. Gee, I wonder what could have caused that? (Hints: that big heat wave that killed all the old folks last summer? It affected the wine harvest too. And oh yeah, something about a war…)
Besides, if you want a good wine, you could do a heck of a lot worse than my adopted country’s sensational Dionysus Winery 2003 Merlot. And fans of fortified wine should look no further than Bethany’s revelatory white port.

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One comment

  1. roy edroso

    What! A chance to further prove my treason by giving aid and comfort to the French in their time of need? My course is clear! Time to hock the crystal and purchase a bottle of Haut Brion ’67! After all, they gave us the Statue of Liberty.