Another wine and Sprite joke? Put a cork in it

Question: Is it true that people in China mix wine with Sprite?

Answer: Yes.

I have witnessed hundreds of people indulge in this practice that raises the wrath of the wine-loving world. Ironically, most imbibers are foreigners and the smoking gun, so to speak, is none other than… the Champagne cocktail.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Frankly, I have not witnessed Chinese mix Sprite with an ’82 Latour or any other such vintage wine though I am sure this and other vinological atrocities have occurred. (And they make for good copy, as Business Week , The New York Times, Decanter and other media show.) It more likely happens with cheap local wine, the labels most foreigners wouldn’t even stoop to use for the Sangria they brew here. (Aha! Mixing wine and fruit, are we?).

People worldwide mix wine with plenty of things. It’s a pity if vintage wine is despoiled, but when it comes to most local grog, a dash of bubbly (variety: soda) doesn’t hurt. Just something to mull over while enjoying a perfectly good cup of Chinese tea… mixed with sugar and milk.

(Note: I added this post to my grapewallofchina.com site a few days ago, but thought it was appropriate here, too.)

2 thoughts on “Another wine and Sprite joke? Put a cork in it”

  1. a spritzer? a chinese phenomenon? When I worked in a bar in UK many moons ago, a white wine and soda was the favourite tipple of a certain type of female.

    Let’s not even get into cider and blackcurrant or the perennial lager tops.

  2. @ FredWest,

    Yep, white wine and soda – it’s hard to fault people here for mixing Sprite and wine, especially when it’s the cheap local vino.

    Cheers, Boyce

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