A phylloxera footnote

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By Louched_Liver on Friday, March 22, 2002 - 07:48 pm: Edit

"Be cool eat a Rita's!"

By Head_Prosthesis on Friday, March 22, 2002 - 07:21 am: Edit

Nothing beats the taste and value of flavored ice.

By Petermarc on Friday, March 22, 2002 - 07:19 am: Edit

also a brand of absinthe...

By Perruche_Verte on Friday, March 22, 2002 - 07:02 am: Edit

"The *phylloxera* was in the neighborhood; and instead of wine we drank at dinner a more economical juice of the grape - La Parisienne, they call it. It is made by putting the fruit whole into a cask with water; one by one the berries ferment and burst; what is drunk during the day is supplied at night in water; so, with ever another pitcher from the well and ever another grape exploding and giving out its strength, one cask of Parisienne may last a family till spring. It is, as the reader will anticipate, a feeble beverage, but very pleasant to the taste."

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, 1879

Interesting that "Parisienne", as in "city stuff", has connotations of cheapness.

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