Not Just ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ Anymore

Today’s Travel Section in Pravda offers an article on the coming of age of Mexico’s viniculture. And a truly horrific explanation for why Mexican wines were so abysmal.
Forgive me. I had to share:

In the land of tequila and cerveza, wine has traditionally been a hard sell. Annual wine consumption in Mexico is less than that of the city of San Diego, just across the border. One reason for this was that Mexican wine was notoriously bad: it was often aged in used whiskey barrels, which had an understandably adverse affect on the wine’s flavor, and, thanks to onerous trade restrictions, it was often made in a creative vacuum without any comparison to European or American vintages.

9 Responses to “Not Just ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ Anymore”

  1. I was thinking more along the lines of a hearty ‘piTU’!!

  2. leelu says:

    Had Mexican wine only once, back in college.
    The word “greasy” came to mind, because of the way the inside of my mouth felt after a swig.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Time to listen to Fountains of Wayne. I’ve been telling you to buy this album, sis.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’m impressed leelu (and welcome! by the way); I’m not an amateur drinker by any standard and I’ve never even seen the stuff.

  5. Actually, Bingley has no standards at all, leelu (dallas multipass ?), but I heartily endorse his admiration of your Mexican swilling adventures AND his wilkommen !!

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    I do to have standards; I just occasionally misplace them.

  7. The Real JeffS says:

    You don’t misplace them, Mr. Bingley; you put them into cold storage when they are inconvenient.

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    Which they awfully are at times, JeffS.

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