Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Feb 11, 2005

I’m too sexy for my wine…too sexy for the French

How in the world does this happen?? A good looking woman may not be shown in an advertisement in France for Bordeaux because she’s "too sexy". The French courts, in league with the anti-alcohol nuts, determined that the ad showing Catherine Gachet, a mother and vintner, was simply too sexy to pass the stringent French laws governing how alcohol can be promoted. So, another picture of her was shot with the glass of wine just a bit further from her…

Feb 7, 2005

Wine, War, History and Travel

I don’t think it is any coincidence that those who have great interest in wine also tend to have a bit of the intellectual in them. To embrace the intricacies of wine so fully that you would be willing to ponder the meaning of terroir or the implications of what "greatness" means or even the virtue of hedonistic new world wines versus traditional terroir-driven wines, as wine lovers are want to do, you really do have to be a more…

Feb 1, 2005

A Pathetic Nexus of Wine & Politics

It has always been quite rare for wine and politics too meet on the same battleground. On occasion we see one country’s wine affected by tariffs or some other economic tool in the course of a trade dispute. But, it is very rare to see wine used as a tool in the battlefield of ideological warfare. I’ve seen this happen recently. And while not terribly alarming, it does turn out to be terribly pathetic. Because of France’s iconic status as…

Jan 24, 2005

Am I a sinner? Depends Where I Worship.

Here’s a news report you likely won’t see aired in the Blue states. WHNT-TV, serving Huntsville, Alabama, recently sent reporter Jeff Butera out to discover if it’s ok with God to drink. Apparently down in their neck of the woods the good citizens may have the opportunity to vote on whether certain counties should go dry or become wet, and furthermore if some areas should be allowed to have alcohol sold on Sundays. By the way, is Jeff Butera old…

Jan 24, 2005

Don’t Say It’s Yummy…You Could Kill Someone

Everyone seems to think America has screwy wine laws. And we do. Chalk it up to our predominantly protestant heritage and the extreme temperance inclinations that go along with that broadly defined approach to worship. But when you consider a recent change in the French alcohol advertising laws you really have to wonder if the French aren’t more screwed up than us. Last week the French Senate hammered out a compromise with the country’s anti-alcohol contingent that vintners in that…