Freed from the yoke of Europe!

Mr Berry said he had “fantasised about the return of the pint” of champagne for decades. He added that “now we are no longer beholden to Brussels” and could “drink our champagne from God’s own bottle size”.

A pint of champagne was “such a perfect sized bottle,” he said. “You get four proper sized glasses from it – as opposed to six from a bottle, or three from a half-bottle.

“Champagne is designed to be shared, preferably with one other person. Six glasses between two is – if you’re carrying on to another bottle with dinner – too much.

“However three glasses are certainly too little to share between two people – one for me, one for you, and a dribble for us both to finish with?

And why the fuck not, eh?

Action this day.

17 thoughts on “Freed from the yoke of Europe!”

  1. I was initially sceptical of this, as Vin Jaune from the Arbois region of France comes in 62cl bottles (there’s a reason for this that’s too long to explain).

    But with it being someone from BBR, I read deeper and yes, there’s an exemption for Vin Jaune. Someone codified a law with odd exemptions for particular wine.

    This is what gets on my tits about when people start using examples of minarchist government spending to complain about Apple’s tax. The scale of bureaucracy in government (and I include all levels) is so big that we can’t even see it all. We have to read news stories to find out about all our laws.

  2. Assuming of course that the one-pint bottle is priced proportionately, and this initiative doesn’t go the way of my Yorkie Bar – which has shrunk 20pct but remains much the same price.

  3. Bernie G. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Yorkie bar but I somehow associate them with HGV drivers – there could have been an ad which has implanted itself subliminally in my head.

    So forgive my asking but are you a trucker?

  4. i am sceptical too. Yes weights and measures might be standardised in the Common Market but it’s national law that was changed. It looks like they are taking a punt that Brexit will loosen the rules. Maybe right, but i guess they wlll have other markets they could sell it to,
    The hack missed an opportunity to deploy the Winston www1 quote– remember gentlemen it’s not just fighting for France but Champagne.

  5. ” Yes weights and measures might be standardised in the Common Market but it’s national law that was changed.”
    Or not.
    I’m told Napoleon, who was not overly impressed with some of the stuff the Revolution had brought in – like changing the names of the months – got a law through the assembly that, although the official weights & measures continued to be metric, no Frenchman should suffer prosecution for using the Imperial system. And this is still on the statute book & has not been superseded by EU law.
    Which is why I bought a shed advertised in pieds & wine at the market in pints.

  6. Er, what exactly is supposed to be illegal about selling a pint of champagne? What is different about beer and milk, both of which continue to be sold in pints?

    EU law does not prohibit using pints or pounds, it merely says you must print the litre/kg equivalent alongside.

  7. That’s rubbish, I just bought a bottle of milk from the supermarket denominated in pints. It’s 4 pints, 2.27 litres, and as long as it says the litres first, that’s fine.

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    If you’re going to be drinking champagne in pints might as well go the whole hog and have it on draught as well. But, as ever, the great conundrum: straight glass or dimple mug? Back in my drinking days, a nice tankard of Perrier-Jouët used to really hit the spot.

  9. BICR – go the whole hog and have it on draught as well
    and i know the perfect place- Gordon’s in Villiers street- sherry straight from a bloody great barrel.

  10. That’s rubbish, I just bought a bottle of milk from the supermarket denominated in pints. It’s 4 pints, 2.27 litres, and as long as it says the litres first, that’s fine.

    Sigh. Same link, next paragraph:

    You can display an imperial measurement alongside the metric measurement but it can’t stand out more than the metric measurement.

  11. Yes, and you can have a bottle containing, e.g., 2.27 litres, 4 pints. So the idea you can’t sell in pints is utter nonsense. The only thing you have to do is give equal standing to the two measures.

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