Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy birthday Tigger!

Today happens to be my English-family's pony's birthday.  Tigger is a lovely, mellow old soul and is well into his twenties.  So happy birthday Tigmeister.
It also happens to be Chinese New Year (well, I'm a day late), so gung hey fat choi!  Incidentally, it happens to be the year of the horse, so Tiggs is doing double duty.  (Yea, so OK, pony, horse - let's not split hairs here.)  Fittingly, I read in yesterday's paper that China is now the world's largest red wine consuming nation - ahead of France and Italy - according to a survey done by Vinexpo, the international wine and spirits exhibition organisation.  The Chinese were responsible for downing 1.865 billion bottles of wine in 2013.  Part of red wine's allure for the Chinese is said to be it's actual colour, as red has great symbolic importance within the Chinese culture.  I'm thinking they may just like the way it tastes too.
It also happens to be St. Trifon's Day, so glad tidings to all grape-pruners out there...which reminds me that I need to get started pruning soon.
So happy, happy, happy day!

4 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

"Tigger is a lovely. . ." and looks to be quite the character too!
As for the Chinese drinking so much, they have a lot of mouths to feed, but with that said: there's the investment aspect, and it's important to know (taste) what you are investing in!
Just my two cents!

Thud said...

He had some Chinese new year sweets as a treat.

About Last Weekend said...

Oh what a lovely pony, Happy new year Tigger! Did you keep on riding after Tigger? That is wild about Chinese being biggest consumers, I had read they were keen on buying expensive French wine, glad they're branching out to everyone.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: I read that 80% of all the red wine they drink is actually made in China (there are a lot of Chinese).

Thud: He certainly liked the candy canes the biggest princess was feeding him, when I was home.

ALW: Tigger is my brother's children's pony. The oldest girl is crazy about horses.
Yes, the Chinese are buying lots and lots of expensive Bordeaux wines...lucky them.