12 octobre 2009

It’s alright to be a drinker

Heureusement qu'il y a les journalistes indiens pour parler en bien du vin, et nous rappeler les bienfaits de la tolérance. C'est ce qu'a fait Khushwant Singh, dans un récent numéro de l'Hindustan Times:

"One way to ensure a book becomes a best-seller is to have the government ban it, or spread rumours that it is about to do so. That happened to Lady Chatterly’s Lover and more recently to Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. The one way to ensure higher sales of items that many people indulge in is to ban them. The case of prohibition of alcoholic drinks is as old as history; the case of ban on smoking is recent. Both have proved to be flops wherever they have been tried.
America went through many years of prohibition before it discovered it did not work. India tried it in fits and starts in different states and gave up after realising that however stringent the laws, people addicted to drink got it, if not legally, then some spurious substitute which took their lives. Gujarat is the one state which has refused to learn lessons. It was not surprising thus that last month over 150 people died after drinking some poisonous brew.

Drinking is not a vice, drunkenness is. All over the world adults are allowed to drink when and what they like. It is only when they get drunk and misbehave that they are arrested. Drink like a gentleman or a lady; it is a civilised thing to do. It breaks the ice and encourages bonding. If England had no pubs, life in the country would become drab. All over Europe the making of wine has become a fine art. People have wine-cellars in their homes; Europeans have their favourite wine with both meals. No one is any the worse for doing so.

Indians have been drinking since pre-Vedic times. They were mostly home-made stuff or a cottage industry: arrak, mahua, tharra, feni, etc. With the advent of the Europeans, it was enlarged to an industry and we began to brew our own beers, distill whiskey, gin and rum. In recent years, we also started making wines. Vineyards came up in Maharashtra and Karnataka. So we have our own red, white and rose wines as well as Champagne. Many of them are as good as any imported wine, and are good enough to find markets in old wine-producing countries and earn us foreign exchange.

Our aim should be to produce good quality beverages with low alcoholic content like lager, cider and wines rather than spirits like whiskey, gin, rum or feni. And at low prices which the poor can afford to buy. But will our stupid politicians ever learn any lessons?"


Puissent les journalistes de la presse française grand public en prendre de la graine. Ils ont souvent le mot de liberté au bout de la plume. Mais le socialement correct les baillonne aussi sûrement qu'une dictature...

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10 octobre 2009


De notre ami Eric Boschman, cette aimable invitation...

SOL ID, comme un roc, au moins.
SOL ID comme une Identité précise.
SOL ID comme une Idée qui a germé un matin de folie dans l’esprit Saint de deux professionnels de la planète vin.



Complémentaires, ils le sont, comme le Sol et l’Idéal de qualité et de 
saveurs qu’ils se sont offerts.

SOL ID c’est un peu plus qu’un très joli plumage, c’est une réalité

Venez solidement découvrir cette réalité, et, tant qu'à faire, la goûter sur le stand de Bleuzé à Mégavino*, vendredi 16 octobre à 19h.

Nous serons sur place pour vous accueillir et vous expliquer tout ce que vous voudriez savoir.

Sol & Id

*Faut-il vous rappeler que Mégavino se tient au Palais 3 du Heyzel ces 16,17,18 et 19 octobre ?

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