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Object 56 [of 66] – Wine Cellar List


"Wine is part of the food chain. In France and Italy, people don't drink wine to get drunk, they drink wine as part of a meal, it makes it more pleasant...there's not anything evil about it, it's part of the food." Julia and Paul first enjoyed French wines, keeping a small cellar in their home, as the wine list from their pantry shows. Believing, like Europeans, that wine was a part of eating, they later came to appreciate American wines. The "wine" on her first cooking show, The French Chef, was fake—actually a mixture of Gravy Master and water—but her message about wine with meals was real. Many more Americans in the sixties began to take that message seriously. Just as they ran out and demanded ducks, broccoli, and omelette pans from their shopkeepers when they saw these things on the show, they began to ask for wine to accompany their meals, in and out of the kitchen.


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