CATS Strikes Again
News out Sacramento is that the State Legislature has passed a law banning Trans Fats in Restaurants by 2010. I feel blessed to live in a state where someone is watching out that I don’t enjoy my food too much.
Oddly, the morning paper somehow missed picking up this other bit of news out of Sacramento:
BAN AGAINST SUGAR IN ALCOHOL PASSED
(Sacramento, CALIF)—California is posed to become the first state in the union and first political entity in the world to ban sugar in alcohol. Known to cause both tooth decay as well as excessive delight, sugar must be absent from all alcohol produced in California by 2010
The ban includes a limit of no more than one half of one percent sugar in California-made wines. Vintners, who opposed the law primarily by pointing out that grapes naturally come with sugar, are scrambling to figure out how to incorporate artificial sweeteners into their dessert wine.
The measure, passed by a 2/3 majority, was supported by a coalition of doctors and other health professionals Calling themselves CATS (Coalition Against Tasty Stuff) and who for months trumpeted the now familiar slogan, "Alcohol Shouldn’t Be Tasty".
California vintners were slow to organize against the anti-sugar measure thinking for months that the movement was a practical joke. However, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome joined the movement, vintners saw the threat was real.
"When Mayor Newsome lined up those bottles of Late Harvest Wines like bowling pins on Market street and rolled the CATS-labeled bowling ball through them, we knew it wasn’t a joke anymore," said one Napa Valley Vintner. "I cry every time I see that video because those were damned good wines Newsome struck down."
The Coalition Against Tasty Stuff celebrated yesterday with what was at first promised to be a bacchanalian celebration featuring dry, sugarless wine. But in a somewhat odd turn of events, the celebrants found themselves only sipping the dry gewurztraminers and dry rose they had lined up for the post vote celebration.
"I think the nature of this very celebration proves the point of the whole movement," said Darby Doolittle, chairwoman of CATS and creator of the "Alcohol Shouldn’t Be Tasting" slogan. "There is no question that without a little sugar wine doesn’t taste nearly as good and none of us could get down more than a half glass of this stuff."
Stock prices of Nutrasweet and other artificial sweeteners rose on news of the newly enacted ban on sugar.