8th June: Crime. Caution. Let’s have some French wine.

Things in life just slip away sometimes – important things and events that should be remembered are sometimes simply forgotten. But let us never forget: it is a wine drinker’s duty to commemorate events with fermented grapes at every opportunity. (That’s the whole point of this site after all otherwise we’d just be looking up cat videos like everyone else. Also, these little acts are probably good for the universal karma and all that new age shizzle. (If you believe such stuff.

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Things like today in 1896; something diabolical and magical happened – the Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot was stolen by his mechanic in Paris. And this, as the car chugs away into the murky French horizon, is the world’s very first automobile theft and, by the grace of God, we have a reason to drink wine today to commemorate it. And as the Baron went on to be a founding member of the Automobile Club of France we can drink wine from France. (A win/win situation.)

(It’s only fair to say that some people say it happened on the 1st June. It’s only fair to say that the Baron was Dutch not French. But all these things add to the timeless nature of crime with all its central themes of riproaring tension and confusion. This is what Agatha Christie based an entire career on)

So let’s remember the world’s first ever Grand Theft Auto moment by drinking loads of wine and going all outlaw in the supermarket – steal some carrots or something just for the hell of it.

A quote: “In wine is truth and the truth had all come out – that is all the uncleanness of his coarse and envious heart.” Dostoyevsky.

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