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Discussion in 'off topic' started by richardg, Sep 23, 2021.

  1. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    I think french children are introduced to alcohol at an early age when their attitude to it can be influenced and moulded.
    Contrast that with our nothing then everything attitude.
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  2. Le Baron

    Le Baron pfm Member

    They're still a bunch of alcoholics though. The French tend to think wine isn't 'drinking' and the agri minister Didier Guillaume is famous for referring to it as 'je crois pas que le vin soit un alcool comme les autres'.
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  3. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    It's a foodstuff. Pretty well defined as such even if you get pulled over for having one too many.
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  4. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    [post removed as responding to idiot poster who seems to have disappeared like magic]
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  5. Le Baron

    Le Baron pfm Member

    What do you mean? I'm not talking about just with food. What you read in the books and see in the films is not all pinpoint accurate. Folk drink wine 'a lot' in France (plus extras). My mother was from South Belgium, lived in France and we were always around there. I lived in France and (south) Belgium prior to here. Loads of teenagers buy wine for getting ratted on.
  6. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    What a coincidence. And back on topic, I bought a Bastides saucisson sec today for the first time in ages. Had a chunk for lunch with some cornichons, French bread, walnuts and a glass or two of supermarket Beaujolais. Lovely. I peel too.
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  7. Le Baron

    Le Baron pfm Member

    My point is above. Did you miss it? That wine isn't some other type of alcohol when you drink loads of it and it's 13-15%. This middle-class idea that it's refined and you're not really on the booze because it's accompanied by a good cheese is not real.

    Doesn't mean I don't like wine, I do. I was saying the idea the kids are all expertly guided into alcohol responsibility is rubbish.
  8. Le Baron

    Le Baron pfm Member

    How much do you pay for Beaujolais now? It's gone up by a Euro here since last week. Fleurie too.
  9. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    I try not to look at prices, but I think I paid about £9 a bottle in Sainsburys. They were doing 25% off six or more bottles, and as I find it quite drinkable I bought a couple of cases.
  10. Le Baron

    Le Baron pfm Member

    I've never bought a case, but it knocks the price down considerably per bottle when they run those deals. I do see folk buying bogof cases. £9 is a bit dear, but it travels a bit further under awkward circumstances, so not bad. The Fleurie was only €5,99 today, so I shouldn't complain.
  11. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Every French man I know drink drives. I only know a few socially, 5 in fact. but every single one of them drink drives. I also had a date with one woman who came in from a village ten miles outside Strasbourg, she had 4 glasses of wine, admittedly the small French ones, and drove home.

    The French are therefore equally irresponsible from where I am sitting. They just manage to get smashed without getting into a fight.
  12. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I'm sure Bob Mc recently claimed that the french are bigger drinkers than Brits. I believe it.
  13. Le Baron

    Le Baron pfm Member

    :D actually yes, that's about the size of it. Same here in NL. A sort of peaceful drunkenness. This sort of thing is casually documented in novels like those of Simenon. People waltzing through several bottles of wine and being in a drunken haze. Middle-class 'polite' alcoholism, hidden away in the drawing room, has been a thing for a long time; even in the UK.
  14. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Saucisson, some cheese (particularly blue) and red wine.


    Albeit my intake these days must be significantly modified.
  15. suzywong

    suzywong Wot, no electrons?

    We were told, at a fetes du vin evening “diner”, that one would be OK if you knew the name of the local Mayor!

    I discovered the name of the local mayor during the toasts (on our table in the main square)…la Reine, M. le President, les equipes de foot francais et anglais, le Grand Vin du Visan, etc etc

    Fortunately, my wife did the driving back to the gite!
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  16. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Bought some from Uzes market last summer, was spectacularly good!

    I think one of those things to eat occasionally…
  17. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    My girlfriend went on a date with the mayor once, who had a drink over dinner, drove her home, got stopped for speeding and pulled the do you know who I am card.

    She did not date him again.

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