If you’re sick of hearing about Brexit already, there is one wet and fizzy glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Apparently, the pint-sized champagne bottle is set for a comeback after we depart from the EU.
Prior to our joining, pint bottles of the stuff were all the rage but were banned under Eu regulations back in 1973.
In fact, champagne pints were a favourite of Winston Churchill, who famously said that they were the ‘ideal size’ as they allow the drinker to have four full glasses rather than the six that come from the standard size bottles.
According to legend, the wartime leader got through 42,000 bottles of Pol Roger between 1908 and 1965.
‘An imperial pint is an ideal size for a man like me,’ he said.
‘It’s enough for two at lunch and one at dinner.’
And today, one British vineyard is make sure we all have just enough too, by bringing the pint bottles back.
The Rathfinny estate in Sussex – one of our biggest wine producers – has already set aside more than 800 pint-sized bottles to be sold on our departure.
‘It is such a perfect size, you get four proper glasses from it, as opposed to six from a full bottle, which is often too much for a couple and only three from a half bottle, which is very unsatisfactory,’ says Mark Driver, who owns the estate.
‘As Churchill said a pint is the ideal size if you are at home and want a drink, or out at a restaurant as an aperitif.
‘No matter what your thoughts on leaving the EU, one benefit will be the ability to sell sparkling wine in a pint-sized bottle.’