On Presidents & Wine
I know there are people who determine who to vote for in an election based on a single issue. "Do they or do they not support abortion rights?"…"Do they or do they not support unfettered access to guns?"…."Do they or do they not support gay marriage?"…
I don’t think I like single issue voters. They give me the creeps because anyone so single minded probably can’t be trusted think clearly. In my mind, clear thinking is a good thing.
That said, what if one was a single issue voter who only asked, "which candidate is best for the wine industry?"
Is it possible to look at the two major party candidates for President of the United States and answer this question definitively? How would we best engage this question? What factors and stated positions would give us a the raw material to evaluate the question? I’m thinking the following questions would yield the best information for answering this question of which candidate is best for the wine industry:
1. Which candidate supports lowering the drinking age to 18?
2. Which candidate is more apt to support heightened regulation in general?
3. Which candidate is likely to support Free Trade measures
4. Which candidate is likely to support more liberal immigration policy?
5. Which candidate is likely to be more visibly supportive of wine in general.
Asking which candidate is likely to improve the economy in general seems like a foolish question to ask in this context. I don’t believe that a president is capable of guiding the economy in any specific direction and this is why I don’t list it as a question to consider.
So, these seem to me to be the critical questions where the wine industry is concerned. Frankly, it’s unlikely that this presidential campaign will see any substantive discussion of alcohol related issues, let alone wine-specific discussions. If the question of alcohol is ever brought up, it almost always is done so to ask if a candidate has or has had in the past a problem with alcohol or to use wine and beer as a metaphor for the candidates’ demographic orientations and to characterize their supporters: Chardonnay Drinkers vs. Beer Swillers.
It strikes me that some media outlet connected to the wine industry, say the SF Chronicle, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Seattle Intelligencer, Oregonian, Wine Business Monthly, Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, etc, really ought to submit a series of wine related questions to both campaigns.
If it were FERMENTATION submitting the questions, they might look like this:
-What is your favorite kind of wine?
-Do you collect wine?
-How would you describe "Terroir"?
-Is it good policy to allow Americans to buy fine wine via the Internet?
-Will you commit to serving exclusively American Wine at White House functions?
-Chardonnay or Chablis?
-What do you think of the 100 Point rating system?
-Do you ever read FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog?