Sunday read: What wine didn’t Romney drink in Boca Raton?

I love it when people take what they see, and notice a tiny detail, and then start to think about it. As in this case…

The now infamous video of the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney remarking on the fact that 47% of the electorate will vote for President Obama no matter what he does has been chewed on by the media for a while now. I will not wade into a political debate here, especially given that I don’t even get to cross or punch a ballot this come November. No, where I am going is a blog entry by Jeremy Parzen in the Houston Press blog section.

For those not familiar with the video: The video was shot at a fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s campaign held in Boca Raton, Florida. It is taken from the side, and a wine decanter is featuring prominently in the video, sitting on the same surface as the camera. It is this wine decanter and its content that Jeremy Parzen was interested in, so he went on a hunt to find out what wine was served at that fundraiser.

I loved his curiosity approach to the video, and it was a fun and revealing read, too…really enjoyed the piece.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

What Wine Didn’t Romney Drink in Boca Raton?

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8 thoughts on “Sunday read: What wine didn’t Romney drink in Boca Raton?

  1. Do Bianchi says:

    Winegetter, thanks for the shout out and the kind words!

  2. I would disagree with the somm 100%. The purpose of the event was to make $$$. Dropping Scarecrow type money just to impress does not make fiscal sense (particularly for a candidate that is claiming the fiscal high road). The decanter could also be used to mask the identity of the wine–say it is a Scarecrow, but really pour some BV. Most people can’t tell the difference, at least according to Forbes (http://onforb.es/LJgmoa).

    • the winegetter says:

      Good point, although I have to say, at $50,000 a plate, an expensive wine does not really make that much of a dent in what the candidate is raking in moneywise…I like your devilish thinking regarding the decanter, though…:)

  3. talkavino says:

    Definitely very interesting chain of thought in the article, even the conclusion can be highly arguable :) There are way too many California “cult” cabs to pick just one out of them.

    Also, considering that it was a $50K per person event, I would rather bet on the Bordeaux (why not Petrus?) or something of more exclusive.

    By the way, the author of that article doesn’t know where to look for wines :) 2-pack of 2009 Scarecrow is available from Benchmark Wine company for $279 :)

  4. Margaret McCamant says:

    This is a fascinating piece of research and an interesting way to structure a piece. Main reason Romney didn’t drink it is that he’s Mormon–most don’t drink alcohol or coffee. Whatever he may do in private, I’m sure he’s careful to be a good Mormon in public.

    • Oh, that is so true. When I worked in Korea, I was in a department with 100 co-workers, 98 Koreans, 1 American, and me. The American was a Mormon, so he did not drink. Which made the whole burden of drinking with the colleagues fall on my shoulder. In Korea, that can become quite excessive and exhausting…

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