Did you know that wine might taste better, depending on which day of the week it is?
or which hour of the day?
And I don't just mean that it tastes better on Friday night, because..... its Friday night!
Or that it tastes better on holiday because.... you're on holiday!
Or that it will taste better on the days when your richer and more fussy friend is buying....
No, there is apparently increasingly widespread acceptance of the view that the taste of wine changes with the lunar calendar - that wine from the same bottle might taste considerably better on Tuesday than on Friday because of the way wine as an organic substance is affected by lunar and cosmic rhythms.
Or it might taste better at 8pm than at 4pm.
I learned this from my Saturday Guardian*, which enlightened me about the concept of "Fruit" and "Flower" days (best for wine-drinking) and "root" or "leaf" days (which are worst).
Some major retailers in the UK set their critics-tasting days according to this calendar.
They have "not shared [this] belief with customers for fear it will add yet more mystique to wine... It may be a little step beyond what consumers can comprehend... We don't want to make it more complicated." (source: a Tesco's manager quoted in the article)
Well, personally I'm delighted to have the pleasure of wine enhanced by this extra complication and mystique. I've seen one response, in a letter to the Guardian, suggesting that this is a belated April Fool's joke.
But I hope its true.
Cheers, and heres to the next fruit/flower day.
* Credit for this story to Robert Booth, "