An Eye-Popping Wine Suggestion
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.
The justification for this proposal in France is pretty obvious. Their industry is ailing to a degree and they need future wine drinkers. But they say it like this:
"Teaching our children about regional products, about how they are cultivated and transformed to acquire their taste can only help them keep their health and promote demands for quality and respect for nature."
Given the demands on our educational system to "teach the tests" it’s unlikely such a program could be accommodated even if there were no outrage, unless of course we could some how gets questions about terroir, malolactic fermentation and Zinfandel into the exit exams for science and social studies.
Wine education in America will probably always be left to the private sector. That’s the best we can hope for and likely the best way to handle it anyway. Still, I’d like to see someone suggest a high school-based wine appreciation course here in America only because I’ve never actually seen a person’s eyes actually pop out of their head. And even the suggestion would have some people’s eyes popping before the picketing and protesting ever began.