Wine columnist angers beer drinkers

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A recent column by Malcolm Gluck (The Guardian) instigated heavy debate about wine and beer drinkers. Gluck wrote that “… beer is only drunk by losers and sadsacks, unsexy people who care nothing for their minds or their bodies.”

He said: “Beer drinkers are also terrible lovers, awful husbands, and untidy flatmates.Wine is the supercool liquid and drunk sensibly is actually good for you.”

The pub-loving Brits reacted vigorously by criticising Gluck, the editor  and wine drinking snobs.

Here is the column.

“It is no surprise to me that we Brits continue to guzzle shedloads of wine. Our per capita annual consumption may be about half that of France, which leads the field, but GB ignores such things as credit crunches and market downturns because we are wedded to booze.

This used to be beer. 50 years ago only 5% of the nation drank wine. Now it is nearer six times that, pubs struggle to sell beer, and the amount of wine imported keep on rising. Why? Well, beer is only drunk by losers and sadsacks, unsexy people who care nothing for their minds or their bodies.

That’s point one. Point two is that wine goes with the spicy foods we like (which no beer does), is much more of a communal activity and, when it comes down to it, encourages livelier and more intelligent conversation. When was the last time you heard a beer drinker pass a witty remark? Beer drinkers are also terrible lovers, awful husbands, and untidy flatmates.

Wine is the supercool liquid and drunk sensibly is actually good for you. It’s a health drink. Wine has changed from the dry-as-dust, unpronounceable gunge it was in our grandparents’ day. Wine in New Labour Land is vivacious, fruity, inexpensive, and it’s fun. Small wonder wine drinkers prefer Australia, California, South Africa and Chile to France and Germany.

The wines from these countries speak our language (yes, even Chilean labels don’t say Chateau Lamazelle de Figeac Brown Cantenac Lafite), they are open and furiously fruity, gluggable and yet serious, and they are not expensive.

When I became a professional booze hack exactly 20 years ago the French share of the UK market was around 37%. Now it’s a bit over 21%. Back in those days, the days of awful Tory governments, the Aussie share of the UK market was less than half of one percent. Now the Aussie share is 23% and even the Californians’ share of the market, by value, is greater than France’s.

It is a wine revolution and every time you drop in on a bar and enjoy a glass of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon or acquire a bottle of succulent Australian Shiraz from your local supermarket you are being a revolutionary. And as dear old Che used to say, Viva la revolucion!”

It is a brave article by Gluck but the overall stereotyping of drinkers are too far fetch and opinionated.

Source: The Guardian

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