Via Infinito: Bareefer Obonghit: Headline if Obama would have served expensive wine:'Obama uses tax payer money to fund extravagant wine party for FRENCHman!'Yup. Pretty much this.
nyseattitude: He's saving the good stuff to celebrate his declaration of Marshal Law
ambercat: PunGent: nulluspixiusdemonica: LasersHurt: Nothing retarded there. Aside from the blogger who's entire piece is about the horror of "cheap" wine, but then gets all kerfuffled and blurts out:"they really should showcase the best of what America is making, irrespective of price"Thing is, where wine is concerned, price is absolutely meaningless when you're talking flavour. If you're talking over-priced fermented grape-sauce marketed at pretentious dbags, plenty. Taste, nada...This. My current favorite is under ten bucks a bottle at Trader Joes, and I've had $150 dollar bottles of wine that impressed me less.Not everyone's palate is identical...Yup. They've done numerous studies on this, and in blind taste tests people can't actually tell expensive wines from cheap ones. They've had people rate wine after being told the price, and if people are told a certain wine is expensive, they will rate it more favorably than people tasting the same wine but being told it is cheap. I think I recall that some scientists think it really does taste better to people because they are anticipating it. Whatever the case, price and taste are definately not directly correlated. Now, I'd say you're more likely to find a better bottle in the $10-30 range than $3-5, but once you get above that, you're paying for the bottle rather than the quality of the wine inside.
Rapmaster2000: Boozefact: the French drink a lot of cheap wine, and these are all decent bottles. Hollande didn't care.
Bareefer Obonghit: Headline if Obama would have served expensive wine:'Obama uses tax payer money to fund extravagant wine party for FRENCHman!'
Dwight_Yeast: For a State Dinner there's a budget. They don't simply go out and buy the most expensive wine in America; they buy the best in the price range for the meal. They also (especially if we're entertaining the French) make the extra effort to prove that our food and wine are just as good as theirs (which is pretty much true at this point; it wasn't 50 years ago).Contrast that with the UK: when the Queen holds a State DInner, she has cellars originally stocked by George III to draw on. Her annual budget for Moet & Chandon alone is staggering; she gets to buy it from the Home Office who buy it in bulk from the French (and the Home Office has its own cellars which stock all of HM's goverment!)./Somewhere, deep under London, there's enough booze to float the Queen Mary.//Also the ship of the same name.
tricycleracer: Rapmaster2000: Boozefact: the French drink a lot of cheap wine, and these are all decent bottles. Hollande didn't care.Cheap wine in plastic bottles, no less:
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