August 7th, 2008


Ah, I was right after all

A while back, at a party, the subject turned to wine bottle closures, and the subject of screwcaps. I commented on how it wasn't just the New World wines any more, but that even German and French wines now on occasion sported them.

Somebody there (and since I don't recall who it was, I shall be kind and not mention his name) said that French wines never have screwcaps.

I said as how I was fairly sure I'd encountered one recently.

Ah no, they're not allowed, not if they're Appellation Controllée, was the response.

Well, not having evidence to hand, I demurred.

As the subject will indicate, the statement was wrong: either that, or there are faked bottles of French wine in the local shops. They're rare, but it illustrates the 'not all swans are white' problem. Here then is my black swan.

The weather ...

Oh dear, we seem to be having a monsoon today. The skies have just opened again and the rain is stair-rodding down.

(And yes, I know that the Monsoon is really a seasonal wind.)