喝酒救地球
Drinking To Save The World

執筆之時,碰巧憑《黑暗對峙》拿下金球獎最佳男主角的加利.奧德曼再下一城,成為新任奧斯卡影帝,令我想起他在《黑》片中將邱吉爾演得活靈活現。《黑》片質素高低在此不論,卻一定合煙酒愛好者口味:只因全片邱吉爾煙不離手酒不離口,隔著銀幕也嗅到煙酒香。劇中一幕說到邱吉爾覲見英皇喬治六世共進午餐,邱不斷喝香檳,喬治六世皺眉問:「你中午就開始喝酒?」邱懶洋洋答:「我經過多年訓練。」實在深得一眾酒鬼的心!
At the time of writing, Gary Oldman, who played Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”, has won the Oscar for Best Actor. In the film, Churchill could not stop drinking Champagne whenever he had lunch with King George VI. When asked how he could start drinking from noon, he said it had taken him “years of practice”. Many alcohol lovers would nod in agreement.

text: 蒲東

很多人聽到邱吉爾愛喝入門級數的尊尼獲加紅牌威士忌都覺得奇怪,事實是當年的英國單一麥芽威士忌並非主流,大家都愛喝調和式的,所以邱喝紅牌威士忌也自然不過。Many people find it strange that Churchill loved Johnnie Walker Red Label – an entry-level whiskey. However, at that time,single malt was not that popular. People liked blended whiskey more.
第二次大戰三巨頭,以酒為外交手段。The three heavyweights during World War Two used alcohol as a diplomatic instrument.

嗜酒如命的偉人

這位最有名的英國政治領袖嗜酒如命的性格絕對舉世皆知。據記錄他每天起床吃早餐就要來一杯威士忌蘇打,午餐喝香檳,午睡起過後再喝威士忌蘇打,晚餐會喝更多的酒。他最常飲用的是入門級數的尊尼獲加紅牌威士忌。邱的女兒們都稱為「老爸雞尾酒」的飲料,據說每日就要喝6至8杯;邱也愛香檳,有統計他一生共喝過42,000瓶香檳,當中最愛寶祿爵;並與寶祿爵莊園主人奧黛特.寶祿爵成為終生好友。她每年都會送一箱寶祿爵香檳給邱吉爾作為生日禮物,當邱在65年逝世時,奧黛特.寶祿爵把那年香檳的招紙加上黑色以示哀悼,為了紀念這位故友及名客人,日後寶祿爵最頂級的香檳更以邱吉爾命名。

喝酒抗憂鬱

1940年邱吉爾上任英國首相,肩負起領導英國對抗德國納粹的重擔。這時酒精更是他的精神支柱及外交手段:話說邱吉爾到訪白宮,美國總統羅斯福會以「溫斯頓時間」來形容,因為他倆會不斷的喝酒,據說邱走後,羅斯福要睡上三日、每日10個小時才能復原。為了聯蘇抗德,他數次與史太林喝酒,而史太林亦曾送過亞美尼亞的阿拉臘幹邑給邱吉爾作為禮物。 據當時邱的醫療記錄及後來研究,都認為邱吉爾患有憂鬱症,邱以不斷喝酒抗衡憂鬱,酒精對他來說就是良藥。現在看來,若沒有酒精帶給邱在精神及肉體上的安慰,世界極可能就落入不煙不酒的希特勒手中,喝酒原來能拯救世人,酒鬼們又多個喝酒藉口。

邱吉爾與奧黛特.寶祿爵的友誼也是一時佳話。 Churchill and Odette Pol-Roger had developed life-long friendship over champagne.

Churchill’s fondness for alcohol is well-known. It was said that he would have a glass of whiskey soda in the morning, a champagne at lunch, another whiskey soda after his afternoon nap, and even more alcohol at dinner. His go-to whiskey was Johnnie Walker Red Label, and his children called its mixture with soda drink “Papa’s Cocktail”. Churchill had 6 to 8 glasses of that every day. He also loved Champagne.Some even said he had had 42,000 bottles throughout his life. Pol Roger was his favourite, and it led to a lifelong friendship with the champagne house’s owner Odette Pol-Roger. Every year, she would send a case of champagne to Churchill on his birthday. When he died at 65, the brand’s champagne donned a black label to commemorate him. To pay tribute to the great politician and family’ friend, Pol Roger named its best champagne after Churchill.

In 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister of England. At that time, the major task at hand was to fight against the German Nazi. Alcohol had become an important mental support as well as a diplomatic instrument for him. When Churchill visited the White House, he would spend hours drinking with the then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Churchill’s schedule – so unlike Roosevelt’s normal day-to-day – was coined “Winston Hours”. It was said that after Churchill left, Roosevelt slept 10 hours a night for three days to recover. To form an ally with the Soviet Union against Germany, he drank a few times with Stalin. Stalin even gave him Armenian brandy Ararat as a gift. Many historians now concluded that Churchill suffered depression and drinking was a way out for him. His drinking habit had probably been the stamina to lead the world out of the darkest moments. In other words, alcohol may have saved the world.

寶祿爵的邱吉爾精選香檳系列。這系列不是每年都會出產,只在收成極好,葡萄極美的年份才會釀造,葡萄比例更是酒廠的秘密。Pol Roger’s “Sir Winston Churchill” champagne is only produced in good harvest years for grapes. The winery keeps the proportion of grapes in the champagne a secret.