My Kind of Governor
I've got to believe that THIS is a step in the right direction and appropriate: A winery owning governor of California.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his candidacy for California Governor the other day, putting him in a position, I believe, to be the first Winery-owning governor in California's history. Newsom is part owner of Napa Valley's Plumpjack Winery. He is also part owner of the recently opened Cade Winery on Napa Valley's Howell Mountain.
It turns out that the San Francisco Mayor has had his fingers in food and wine for some time. He first dipped his toe in the Food and wine world with the opening of Plumpjack wine store in San Francisco's Filmore District. This would be followed by Plumpjack Cafes, Balboa Cafe and an upscale Squaw Valley resort. Newsom no longer has an interest in Business located in San Francisco, but remains partners in the two Napa Valley wineries.
It's hard to say what it will mean to the California wine industry and wine lovers if Newsom becomes our Governor. I suspect it might not mean that much. But perhaps he can help push CA wines when he takes his trade-related trips around the world. If Newsom does get the Democratic nomination, it is much more likely that his support for gay marriage will be the the focus of far more attention than his involvement in the California wine industry.
But I know this, I quite like the idea of a California Governor owning a CA winery. We've had two actors hold the post, and that seems appropriate. The only other thing that might be as elegantly representative of CA is if our new governor were gay beach bum with a employment history of wearing funny mouse outfits at amusement parks.