– By Jim BoyceÂ
Question: Is it true that people in China mix wine with Sprite?
I have witnessed hundreds of people indulge in this practice that raises the wrath of the wine-loving world. Ironically, most imbibers are foreigners and the smoking gun, so to speak, is none other thanâ€¦ the Champagne cocktail.
Ironic, isnâ€™t it?
Frankly, I have not witnessed Chinese mix Sprite with an â€™82 Latour or any other such vintage wine though I am sure this and other vinological atrocities have occurred. (And they make for good copy,Â as Business Week , The New York Times, Decanter and other media show.) It more likely happens with cheap local wine, the labels most foreigners wouldnâ€™t even stoop to use for the Sangria theyÂ brew here. (Aha! Mixing wine and fruit, are we?).
People worldwide mix wine with plenty of things. Itâ€™s a pity if vintage wine is despoiled, but when it comes to most local grog, a dash of bubbly (variety: soda) doesn’t hurt. Just something to mull over while enjoying a perfectly good cup of Chinese tea… mixed with sugar and milk.
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