Children get a crash course in wine-making

Filed under: Alcohol & Drugs, Day Care & Education

I know I'll be branded a lefty when I say that European attitudes toward children appeal to me. But here goes. In France, children have Wednesdays off school and parks are filled to the brim with families. In Spain, families meet for lunch and a nice long nap every day. In much of Europe, kids see boobs in newspaper cartoons and no one bats an eyelash. I love it all and am currently planning an extended trip to take the kids to visit their relatives and get an early dose of European culture.

Alcohol is part of the family meal in Europe and presented casually, not as something illicit. Growing up with this approach, I have to say that my attitude towards alcohol (college years exempted) has been one of casual appreciation. Something that compliments a meal and brings people together in joy and conversation. This is a direct result of my parents' behaviour and openness.

A winery in Spain is taking this idea one-step further. Spanish winery Bodegas Castiblanque has piloted a program to teach children about wine-making, while integrating aspects of a traditional curriculum. (math, science, etc.) You can read about the program in detail here.

It wasn't that long ago that Jennifer Jordan was asking whether you thought children should be banned from wineries in the U.S. Now we see, as often happens, a completely opposite take by the Europeans. So, what do you think? Would you send your kids to such a course? Do you think it encourages drinking? Or do courses like this educate in an interactive way that promotes common sense?

Thanks to Elizabeth for the tip!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.