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Pepe Le Pew – the dude that makes me like the French.

Yeah, I had some tough intercultural episodes in France in college.  Got a bit of a grudge still hanging on.  Just being honest, you know.  The French considered the Malbec grape a blending grape, not worthy of its own bottle.  Short sighted.  Stodgy.  I prefer the young upstarts:  Argentina, Spain, Greece, Chile…

Really – have you heard that the French are fighting so that we américains cannot sell wine labeled CLOS or CHATEAU in the European Union?  And this, after we saved them from phylloxera in the 1800s!

That is like Apple saying it has the patent on rectangular phones with beveled edges, right?  How can you own a shape, or a word?

Here is a classic Pepe Le Pew to remind you of Saturday mornings from years past:


About Claire Ziamandanis

Claire Ziamandanis is Professor of Spanish at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Over her 20 years at the college, she has been a champion for study abroad, establishing the first affiliation for Spanish students, and then working with the Study Abroad office to open the doors to students from other majors. Claire loves travel, food, wine and Spanish but not necessarily in that order!

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