Do Kids in Cotes du Rhone Think the Local Stuff is Piss Water?

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, LENNDEVOURS is a great semi-local blog that discusses wines and wine making. There’s some really fascinating stuff that’s totally worth a read. You can check out their stuff right here on this blog, in the Blog Updates widget to the right.

But this article by Evan Dawson on why wine continues to have an elitist stigma in this country got me to thinking. He’s right that one reason that wine is so ubiquitous in Europe is because there are so many wine regions that if you live in France, you’re probably right by a great winery. If wine is everywhere around you and people you know work at wineries, there’s probably going to be a certain obviousness about drinking wine. But does that mean drinking the wine from your own region?

And that made me think of Genesee Beer, whose work is cherished in other parts of the country but not here. We’re major beer drinkers here in Rochester, yet the local stuff gets short shrift. Personally, while I don’t drink much beer these days, I always liked Twelve Horse Ale when they still made it.

So, do the kids in Bordeaux have the same hang ups about their local concoction? And do androids dream of electric sheep ((It’s a book reference))? I dunno. Just extemporaneous blogging, here.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

2 replies on “Do Kids in Cotes du Rhone Think the Local Stuff is Piss Water?”

Honey Brown isn’t my favorite beer, but it was always a good alternative in a restaurant that had only the usual Bud/Miller and Genny products.

It used to be fairly cheap, too, but I noticed that Genny is trying to market it like a regional microbrew. The last time I saw it at Wegmans, the packaging had a new look and was $6-7 for a six pack.

That’s not one I’ve ever been able to get into, but maybe I’ll give it another shot one of these times. Back when it and I used to be ubiquitous at East End Festivals, I was more of a vodka-cranberry kind of guy who could settle for Merlot.

As for the repackaging and repricing, hey: if it works, it works. It’s probably not a half-bad idea, since prohibitive pricing often fools people into thinking its better than they originally thought.

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