New blue wine unveiled 新款藍色葡萄酒在法國問世

There's a new colour in French wine. Will a glass of blue become popular with connoisseurs?
Would you drink this?

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有一種亮藍色的葡萄酒目前已在法國出售,其製造商稱,它是百分之百的天然產品。該酒在釀造過程中會經特殊方法過濾,使其呈現出碧綠清澈的顏色。但這種酒受人歡迎嗎?

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Vindigo is made with Chardonnay, that is white wine grapes – and it gets its translucent blue colour because it’s filtered through the skins of other dark grapes – these containing the purple agent anthocyanin, which properly treated can make a wine blue rather than the more normal red.

Vindigo 是用一種叫夏多內的白葡萄酒製成的,這種酒色澤碧藍澄澈的原因是它經過了含有紫色劑花青素的深色葡萄皮過濾,在適當的處理後可以使葡萄酒呈現藍色,而非普通的紅色。

So it’s all perfectly natural, and on a Mediterranean terrace, looking over a blue sea and a blue sky, what could be more delightful than ‘a beaker full of the warm South’ as Keats put it. We’re told it has tones of cherry and passion fruit, that in blind tastings it scores well against the rosés, and that in this summer of World Cup victory, the French want nothing more than to complete their tricolour of wines – possibly!

所以這種酒是純天然的,而且當你身處地中海梯田,俯瞰碧藍大海並遠眺藍色天空的時候,還有什麼比詩人濟慈吟誦的“啜飲一大杯暖意濃濃的南國酒”更讓人高興的事呢?我們聽說這種酒里有櫻桃和百香果的味道,所以它在“盲品”測試中的得分和玫瑰紅葡萄酒不分伯仲,而且正值法國在今夏的世界盃比賽中贏得了勝利,或許法國人最期待的慶祝方式的莫過於集滿和法國三色旗匹配的三色葡萄酒了吧!

But the French can also spot a gimmick when they see one. And ‘le vin bleu’ definitely fits that particular bar bill.

當然法國人也能分辨出什麼是騙人的行銷花招,而 “藍葡萄酒(le vin bleu)” 正是此類行銷手段的產物。

1. 詞彙表

translucent 清透的、半透明的
filtered 經過濾
agent 添加劑
treated 被處理、被加工
terrace 梯田
beaker (無柄的)大酒杯
tones 香味,味道
blind tastings 盲品(不看酒瓶,只通過品嘗味道來分辨酒質好壞的測試)
tricolour 三色旗
gimmick 花招、把戲
‘le vin bleu’ 藍色葡萄酒(法語)

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。 

1. What kind of grape is Chardonnay normally made with?

2. What do you think the poet Keats was referring to when he wrote ‘a beaker full of the warm South’?

3. Why might the French want to complete their tricolour (three colours) of wine this year?

4. True or false? As well as grapes, this new wine is contains cherries and passion fruit.

3. 答案

1. What kind of grape is Chardonnay normally made with?
Chardonnay is made with what are called white grapes – but they usually look green.

2. What do you think the poet Keats was referring to when he wrote ‘a beaker full of the warm South’?
Keats was describing a glass of wine.

3. Why might the French want to complete their tricolour (three colours) of wine this year?
The French are celebrating winning the World Cup this year.

4. True or false? As well as grapes, this new wine is contains cherries and passion fruit.
False. The new wine only has tones – flavours – of cherry and passion fruit.

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