A bar­rel of laughs

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

ILAUGHED out loud at Maj Ar­buth­nott’s let­ter about his ‘not en­tirely un­drink­able’ rosé (May 31). It re­minded me of my late un­cle, who, dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, found him­self some­where in Europe as cook to Sir Brian Hor­rocks and came across a bar­rel of red wine. The of­fi­cers tried it and de­clared it un­drink­able, so it went to the NCOS, who de­clared the same and it fin­ished up with the other ranks. One of them was asked how they’d found the wine. ‘Just right sir,’ he replied. ‘Any bet­ter and we wouldn’t have got it; any worse and we couldn’t have drunk it.’ Dr David A. Har­ris, Ox­ford­shire

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