Good Morning Gentle Readers,
I am tempted to rant about the American Imperial Presidency with its glorious trappings reminiscient of royalty. A lifestyle many of us would love to get used to. That's broad spectrum snark, Gentle Readers, every administration insulates itself from the common man and enjoys an ostentatious lifestyle at our expense.
Contrast that with Thomas Jefferson, who walked to his inagauration. Who stocked the White House wine cellar at his own expense (inflation adjusted: $25,000.00 per year). Who brought his French chef from Monticello to prepare meals for state dinners.
From Washington Whispers.....
Finally, after two straight presidents who didn't appreciate the taste of a fine French burgundy, Buckingham Palace tonight had a chance to put on the Ritz for a first family who enjoy a long dinner and luscious wine.
Kind of unfair to diss GWB for not appreciating a fine French Burgundy when, in fact, he is a non-drinker and there is credible evidence that he is a man who quit drinking for a reason. That is the subtle sort of bias a lot of Americans overlook. But it makes a good lead paragraph......
Did I mention that Parker only gave the Echezeaux Grand Cru 1990 93 points? Repeat after me: I've had $1,700.00 wine that wasn't any better than $25.00 wine. And I've had $25.00 wine that tasted as if it cost $1,700.00.
Sidebar: Two of the very best wines I've ever had cost $400.00 and $40.00 respectively.
Tip of the glass to Linda S