Is onion wine palatable or not palatable, that is the question. I just received word back from AGLC that my onion wine is palatable. How anyone in there right mind would drink onion wine to get drunk is questionable. The main reason given is that if mixed with (something) that it would be drinkable. Now, what I am writing is not a criticism of AGLC but a criticism of being overprotective. I taught teenagers for 25 years, and yes, they can be dumber than a sack of hammers, and yes, they do make mistakes, and yes, they do learn from their mistakes. They have confided and shared about some of the dumb things they did. Like drinking one of the extracts, lemon or vanilla (up to 80% alcohol) or mouthwash (25%) or the bush parties where they got hammered. They did learn and today are law-abiding, well balanced individuals with teenagers of their own, and when they have graduating bush parties now the parents go to the bush parties with their children to supervise and protect and to make sure they come to no harm. As the RCMP motto states, " To Serve And Protect" , I am not supporting eliminating the drinking age. I am supporting the teenagers from harming themselves. Normal teenagers WILL experiment, some will have unprotected sex, some will drink themselves sick, these things are all about growing up. If you do not Judge or condemn, they will learn, as the generations prior did. As Jesus stated about casting the first stone, unless you are a saint, do not judge, support. I am all about education, saying you cannot do that is offering a challenge to a teenager, he will definitely try that, explaining the dangers will help to mitigate. For example, a student in the states drank a couple bottles of soy sauce, the salt in the soy sauce killed him, you say why, remember what I said about some teens are dumber than a sack of hammers, if somebody had explained to him that the salt in that soy sauce would or could kill him, would he have ingested that amount, I don't think so. The cooking wines (17-25% alcohol) that are sold in the grocery stores have a large amount of salt in them, aside from being VERY unhealthy, they are also VERY deadly. I do question the advisability of of adding dangerous substances to fermented or alcoholic products to make them unpalatable. I just read where they are producing alcohol in powdered form, just add water and you have alcohol (palcohol), I understand that the powdered form is sold in some parts of Europe, and is awaiting approval by the FDA in the states, talk about something that is VERY dangerous, think about teens snorting or ingesting the powder without water, instant alcohol poisoning. As I have stated, education is the best policy, explain why alcohol and, or salt, or methyl alcohol is dangerous.