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May Advocate 2017

THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 387 won the British “First Glass” Award for Design Excellence. Meanwhile, ARENA Magazine voted Tˆ Nant’s distinctive Ripple plastic bottle “The 8th Coolest Thing in the World Right Now” in October 2003. Ask for the classic (which is both of superior virginality and lower minerality), a splash of which goes down well with Welsh rarebit and a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce followed by dancing at the Savoy. Gerolsteiner, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Est. 1888 This is the classic sparkling water and is like taking mineral supplements at the dinner table. Nitrate, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, silica, bicarbonate, sulfate, chloride … it is all here. The Germans really do not mess around. Balanced and clean. It is like driving a Mercedes, really: perfection. If only all waters could be this well defined. We will take Gerolsteiner over Perrier any day, the latter seeming to us like a garish flower at a vegetable show or an escort at a church social. Whereas loud bubbles can overpower a dish, a certain epicurean pleasure can be obtained by pairing Gerolsteiner with grilled salmon on a West-facing balcony on a Gulf Island. As with all classics, this should be served at 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees centigrade). LaCroix Sparkling Water, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Est. 1981 Named for the city of La Crosse and the St. Croix River which flows between Wisconsin and Minnesota, the company wants us to believe that it is pronounced “la-croy”. Served exclusively in cans and mixed with natural “essences and oils” to create unseemly flavours such as passionfruit, mango, apricot, pamplemousse and kiwi sandía, we simply cannot condone this approach. You would think with a name like this we would have a winner. Not this time. At the next event you attend that is sponsored by a bar association, demand that your ticket be accompanied by at least one free sparkling water beyond the usual brand served by the restaurant or hotel. Armed with the knowledge contained in this article, you can surprise your cohorts and baffle the articling student you have been forced to take along. Remind whoever you are with that the origins of the water they are drinking likely started as rain when their great-grandmother was alive. No need for a taxi chit after said event. Just get in your car and drive. The Fine Water International Tasting Competition takes place in Guangzhou, China in mid-June 2017. Also taking place is the 5th Fine Waters Summit, after having been held in previous years in Barcelona, Vidago, Shanghai and Los Angeles. t t t t t


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