European cultures have always introduced their children to wine early on. These children have learned that wine is a part of family life at table. They gradually added less wine to their water and soon they became parents who, in turn, did the same. I am of the opinion that these are families that produced kids with a much healthier attitude towards wine. I am not saying that there were no alcoholics in these families. I am not saying that these kids were immune to the call of binge drinking on Spring Break. What I do assert is that children who are introduced to wine at family dinners, have a better chance at enjoying wine as a normal, healthy part of life.
A while back, Tom Wark of FERMENTATION and the SWRA asked for our input in how we involve kids in the world of wine, which led to a contest for the cutest picture of a kid in a winery. All of this caught the attention of AP reporter Victoria Brett who followed the trail of blog comments back to my wife and me.
Several conversations later and a visit to our dinner table by an AP photographer, Victoria wrote her article. The article has already appeared in a few newspapers and blogs; Google gave me 46 relevant entries this morning! Try the link to the WRAL-TV5 website from North Carolina for a good posting and four great photos by AP photographer Eric Risberg. Victoria did a nice job of presenting the arguments and was able to synthesize our hours of conversation into a few sentences.
I look forward to the continuing conversation. It has been very lively over at Catavino as Gabriella led us in a discussion over the place of wine and winemaking in education. Be sure that you also check out the post and comments from RichardA, A Passionate Foodie. Alcohol is certainly a volatile topic (Sorry. Bad enology joke.) which can make for a minefield when we are in discourse from the point of winemakers, wine retailers, wine drinkers, and now as parents or those concerned for the welfare of children.
Again, read the AP article here and add your two glasses worth to the ongoing dialogue in the blogosphere. We all raise a glass to you!