Getting Paid in Kind of Wine

David Finlayson peers from behind a vat while a cellar-hand helps himself to some wine.
David Finlayson peers from behind a vat while a cellar-hand helps himself to some wine.

The much-maligned tot-system is alive and well, and I am sure I am not the only one willing to work for wine. This week past saw me straining under tremendous physical and emotional toil for nothing but the prospect of a good stiff drink from my temporary employer. The sweat-drenched brow, the aching lower back and the pulsing veins were all worth it, though, when said employer produced a few bottles of alcohol. Within minutes the pain was gone, a pleasant coolness had set in and a feeling of good-will to all men – well, almost all – was taking grip.

What’s there not to like?

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