Wine Tastings for Children
The Bordeaux Wine Bureau has created a class on viticulture and the rudiements of winemaking for school-age children. The six to eleven year olds will take part in vineyard tours, wine tastings, and grape tastings. The idea is to start the appreciation and understanding of wine at a young age, just as French children are expected to taste and enjoy cheese at a young age. In France, the course will probably be accepted with open arms, but what do you think the rest of the world will have to say? Are wine courses geared towards children in Napa, California a possibility? Will your next wine and cheese party be kid-friendly?
There's even a textbook involved: "Mon Cahier des Vignes" (My Vine Workbook.) You can see it online -—in French, of course, but with charming graphics, maps and illustrations.
In the article by Jane Anson, CIVB President Georges Haushalter is quoted as saying, ”Our objective is to protect the heritage of our region, while promoting an understanding of the civilisation of wine.”