By Jim Boyce
Foreign wine writers, educators and other members of the vintelligentsia love to roll their eyes and tell tales of Chinese consumers mixing Sprite or Coke with wine — even better if the bottle in question is ’82 Lafite. But why consumers do this — or see ’82 Lafite as the be-all and end-all — has long been a source of debate. Perhaps they are mimicking some movie scene where a savvy character tops up his Cabernet with Coke. Or, in the case of some of the spottier local plonk, trying to mask the taste. Or, as in Spain, simply see it as a good mix for a particularly youthful bottle: see kalimotxo.
Turns out that none of these theories hold wine.
The reason Chinese add soft drinks to still wine is simple: Local wine educators teach them to do so. That this is unknown to the outside world underscores the insularity of the foreign wine community. Truth is, many of these so-called experts have witnessed such blending of wine and soft drinks. Sadly, they have never asked why it is being but have instead filed the experience so they can later theorize about it in a closed circle with their fellow wine “gatekeepers”.
But now, in true Marco Polo-style, one man — from France, no less — has finally revealed the truth in a single photo that someone has claimed “is worth 1.3 billion words“. Here is is:
And if you haven’t guessed yet, this is an April Fool’s joke.
Previous April Fool’s posts:
- Vintage discovery: Worldâ€™s oldest wine tasting note unearthed in China (2013)
- Duck, duckâ€¦ goose egg? Chinaâ€™s food and wine pairing study stirs pot (2012)
- One-two punch? Chateau Lafite knockoff â€˜LaFightâ€™ blends French, Chinese themes (2011)
- Forget wine mixed with Sprite: Brits taken to task for adding milk to tea (2009)
- Done deal? Chinaâ€™s Great Wall winery to acquire Penfolds (2008)
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