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Queen Disses French Wines at IOC Event

BB&R is reporting that the Queen dropped French wines from the menu of a International Olympic Committee dinner as a show of support for the London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games!

“It probably is the first time menus for such an occasion have not been in French,” admitted one Palace aide. “It is very unusual. But, it is the British Olympic bid, and we wanted to showcase Britain, not France.”

The Queen opted for English Sparkling Wine as well as wines from Australia and New Zealand as the alternatives. You go Queen!


From BB&R:

Queen drops French wines from IOC Menu – 21-Feb-2005

The Queen displayed her staunch support for London’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012 by not serving French wines at a banquet held last week for International Olympic Committee members. Buckingham Palace also abandoned tradition to present each with a menu card written not in French, but English. Normally menus at the Queen’s official banquets have been written in French, generally regarded as the international language of cuisine.

“It probably is the first time menus for such an occasion have not been in French,” admitted one Palace aide. “It is very unusual. But, it is the British Olympic bid, and we wanted to showcase Britain, not France.”

The Queen banned French wines from the menu, replacing pre-prandial champagne with Nyetimber 1995, an English sparkling wine, and choosing Commonwealth wines from Australia and New Zealand to accompany the meal. Wine featured included 2003 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and 2001 Mount Edward Pinot Noir.

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