A Different Kind of High School Experience
I've sympathized with the French wine community over a variety of issues as well as mocked them over others. I think their various laws on how wine can be produced are archaic enough to hold back creativity as well as the production of good new wines.
But I've also noted the absurdity of laws that prohibit wine and other alcohol related companies from promoting their products on the net.
But here's a little tidbit that that really made my jaw drop concerning some new proposed laws. From a story detailing French winemakers' anxiety over various proposed laws comes this remarkable snippet:
"At the heart of their
anxiety is a government proposal last week to raise the legal age for
purchasing alcohol to 18 from 16. Aside from hiking the legal age, the
proposal will also prohibit the sale of alcohol at highway gas stations
and will not allow all-you-can-drink open bar evenings at French high
What? It's allowed now? "All you can drink" open bars at French High Schools?
I realize that the culture of drink in France is different than here in America. But are there really all-you-can-drink nights at French High Schools? When I was in High School in Novato, California, every Friday and Saturday night was an All-You-Can-Drink evening. But the High School didn't sponsor it.