Summer holidays and homework….

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
cimes madiranThe kids maybe on holiday but the learning never stops. Here are five wine related things that we’ve learnt at Miss Bouquet HQ this week:
* There’s no legal drinking age in Shanghai
* Wine bottles are 75cl in size because that was the capacity of the typical glass-blower’s lungs
* The % of alcohol listed on a bottle represents the actual % of the liquid that is alcohol (sounds obvious but we’d just not thought of it that way before!)
* Until 2002 Chardonnay was the most planted variety in NZ, not Sauvignon Blanc
* Madiran from South West France is a great summer red
Homework to complete:

* Find out if no legal drinking age has lead to more or less of a binge drinking culture in Shangai
* If wine bottles are 75cl, why are spirit bottles 70cl? Asthmatic glass blowers perhaps?
* Drink more Madiran – Cimes Pireneus Madiran 2010 by Plaimont is a good one. A blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc it’s an intense glass of smoky tobacco, pen ink (really!) and black forest gateaux infused deliciousness. A great BBQ red: nice served slightly chilled too. £11.99, Tesco.


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