Two fun things I picked up with Friday’s SF Chronicle Wine section:
1. Jon Bonné’s piece, “OBAMARAMA: Wine-producing states vote blue”
Aside from the fact that I really could have used his title in my last Scrabble game, Jon’s fun little piece is also useful for those looking to rub in their Democratic superiority. (Aren’t we all?) He did a little research to figure out, “where the wine-producing states fell on the electoral map,” and came up with a clear answer: “Obama landslide.” Here are a few of the figures:
In 2006, Obama states produced 775.8 million gallons of wine to McCain states’ 4.3 million gallons. And, while there are 4,927 wineries in Obama states, there are a paltry 660 in McCain states.
You can find the full story and stats here. I had no idea that we had so many wine producing states! Is anyone else surprised by Ohio? I guess I am living in a little West Coast wine bubble here. Ha! Wine bubble… like sparkling wine… never mind.
2. If you visit this site, you can get a FREE printed copy of “Riesling Rules” and learn all about this delicious and suddenly popular again wine. Or, you can save a tree or two and browse the pages online. The 40 page booklet (and website) is full of fun tidbits like the top 10 movies to watch with a glass of Riesling and famous Riesling “quotations.” I’ll leave you with this one:
Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of Riesling and calculation. — Baudelaire