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15 March 2005

It says here (in Advice by Hilaire Belloc) that "All - or nearly all - red wine is the better for having just one or two drops of water poured into the first glass only. Why this should be I know not, but so it is. It introduces it. This admirable and little known custom is called 'Baptizing' wine."

Iíll say it's little known; I've never heard of it. Anybody out there ever tried it? Do we think it worth the trying? Trouble is, if I try it and decide that it is indeed so, then I'll insist on doing it every time, and in time it'll become one of those Chazian eccentricities that fall somewhere between curious and increasingly annoying, and frankly I think we've got enough of those already...

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