Michael Caines was running a meal and wine tasting deal at his Abode chain of restaurants. And despite stating that the wine was of a smaller measure than usual, the Michelin-starred chef soon found himself in trouble with the authorities. For-and he really must have known this-he was clearly breaching the Weights and Measures Act. This sets the legally permitted measures at 125,175 and 250ml.
I do have some sympathy with Mr Caines and his claim that the law is “archaic”. And indeed, the government is said to be considering the issue of wine-tasting. However, he goes on to say “We're under pressure to reduce the amount of alcohol people consume. When you're talking about drinking with food, I think we should encourage smaller measures.”
Now I would have thought that eating whilst drinking means you can actually drink more, not less. And, although I may be bias as someone who thinks 250ml should be compulsory, is 125ml really too large for a lunchtime, as he claims. His customers seem divided on the issue, with some agreeing with him but the counter argument being nicely put by Fiona Williamson, who said, “If you're having anything less than 125mls, it's not worth having as far as I'm concerned."
And just because you are under pressure to serve smaller measures, doesn’t mean you have to give in. It’s clearly annoyed the Scottish Government, though, with their spokesman asserting that they were more concerned about a shift towards larger-not smaller-measures of alcohol. Speak for yourself.
My thanks to grape fiend Archimedes for drawing my attention to this story.