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by Fred McMillin
for December 26, 1997
Winery of the WeekHip, Hip, Hooray, It's Boxing Day
Prologue: Boxing Day—Of English origin, Boxing Day is a holiday observed on the first weekday after Christmas. Christmas boxes are given to postmen, etc.
...Webster's International Dictionary
The Rest of the Story: So what wine do I serve on Boxing Day? Since the holiday, observed in Canada, originated in merry old England, I'm pouring one of their early favorites...CLARET. But exactly what is "claret"? Let's see how the meaning has changed.
Just the Facts
Postscript: About that adulteration problem, the Medoc had its share. In fact, a little over a century ago, one Dr. Thudichem wrote that "its exports are TWELVE times as great as the Medoc production."
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