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If only French is spoken at a wine event in the German-speaking part of Zurich, then Bordeaux is almost certainly visiting. Because only the representatives of the "most famous wine region in the world" can afford - where a lot of money is at home - to speak their own language, at most - graciously - to switch to business English. It then sounds something like this: "70% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot" - so far this is understandable in all languages - and then, almost litany-like: "...The palate is medium-bodied with mulberry and dark plum fruit intermingling with Chinese tea and a touch of cloves...."But now it is imperative to put on a serious face, not to contradict (or even to detect new aromas); it is much better to scratch out the very best school French, look deeply into the glass and nod devoutly, otherwise you will be showered with a torrent of "Français". So it goes from table to table, from château to château. A ritual...

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