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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #7 – Devotion: The Politics of Wine

The following is my entry into this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 7 (#MWWC7), hosted by last month’s winner, the SAHMmelier.



This is a series of challenges where wine bloggers write a post around a given theme and somehow relate it to wine.  Voting is done and the winner gets to choose the next month’s theme. In addition to the individual sites, the posts can be viewed here –  It’s open to anyone, so let’s see whatchoo got!

I participated in this twice before.  The first time was when the theme was “transportation” and I wrote about cycling through Niagara’s wine country.  The second time, the theme was “Possession” and I ended up writing about Sarah McLachlan and had a video of a monkey picking his butt

This time, I’m getting serious.

I have some really strong political opinions but you’ll very rarely hear me talk about them in person, let alone write a post here in the happiest drunken place on earth.  But Devotion and the act of devoting has really gotten me riled up.

Devotion has always been there, but it has really picked up steam after 2010.  The most notable example was when, in 2012, Wisconsin voters decided they wanted to devote Governor Scott Walker over his union-busting tactics.  Last year, two Colorado state senators got devoted over their stances on gun control.

Look, I get it. You really don’t like an elected official and you want to get him/her out of office by any means possible short of assassination.  So you invoke this mechanism that’s supposed to be used in extreme cases – some call it “recall.”  But, dagnabbit, whatever happened to fairness and patience? Can’t you give a politician a chance?  Worst case scenario – you wait a couple years and you’ll get a chance to elect someone else.

It’s ok to devote a guy who was smoking doobies with a couple hookers on his lap.  Or one who wears his KKK outfit to congressional hearings.  But don’t devote someone for an unpopular policy.

I suppose it’s a product of our instant-gratification culture, eh?  Instead of letting things run its course, we want to change things NOW.  Well if you’re going to be that way, might I recommend devoting the chumps who put in these silly wine laws:

–      We often go to Indiana for family reunions on three-day weekends.   We found out the hard way that stores are not allowed to sell wine on Sundays.  WTF!?!  I know that law has something to do with religious views held by some protestant denominations.  Maybe we need to remind them that Jesus was a huge oenophile.   Heck, there are a bunch of instances where the guy did his best Robert Mondavi imitation and made more than a few bottles for his buddies.  Unregulated, thankyouverymuch.

–      As The Drunken Cyclist can attest to, in Pennsylvania you can only purchase wine at state-operated stores.  As I understand it, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) operates these stores and is solely responsible for the available selection there.  Therefore, if you read about a terrific wine that you really want to try, the only way you can get it is if the PLCB decides to stock it.  The silver lining is that you won’t be going to any parties where the owner has this “awesome, inexpensive wine they picked up at Trader Joe’s for 2-bucks.”

–      In more areas than you can shake a stick at, local laws prohibit ANY sales or consumption of alcohol.  Yes, there are still “dry counties” everywhere across this great land of ours.  I would almost advocate lobotomies for those politicians who thought those were good ideas.  But 1) the laws were probably written when Harding was president and those guys are long gone, and B) you have to have an actual brain to lobotomize.

–      Our fun-loving neighbors to the North (Canada for you geographically-challenged readers)  probably have their own insane wine restrictions.  However, I think the whole province has their hands full with Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

I’m sure there are even sillier laws when you get down to the local levels of government.  And there are probably many that are being considered as I write this.  So, if you’re going to devote any politicians, start with them.

Thanks for hearing me out on this whole de-voting thing.  I vowed never to get political on this blog and I just devoted a whole… er…. ummm…  I wonder if that’s what they meant by “devotion.”  Nah….

Remember to go vote for me over on SAHMmelier’s site.  Voting starts Tuesday, February 18th!!! 




About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

26 comments on “Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #7 – Devotion: The Politics of Wine

  1. foxress
    February 18, 2014

    Very clever interpretation of the theme.

  2. Gede Prama
    February 18, 2014

    And I love all the posts in this blog really interesting touch words, thank you friend 🙂

  3. Sally
    February 18, 2014

    You wouldn’t think there were parallels with the United Arab Emirates would you? But all alcohol sales are government controlled here in Dubai (the sales tax is 30%) and the next door Emirate is dry.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      February 19, 2014

      In some strange way having a whole Emirate as dry would be easier to manage. At least that way I can avoid the place altogether!

      Wheaton is a Chicago suburb that’s dry. Because of it, the commuter train that goes through the town couldn’t have a bar car. It’s that kind of stuff that gets frustrating…

  4. Pingback: Words of Devotion #MWWC7 | SAHMmelier

  5. mwwcblog
    February 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.

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  7. talkavino
    February 19, 2014

    Very nice play on the theme!

  8. SAHMmelier
    February 19, 2014

    Down with instant gratification, yay for Jesus was an oenophile. Thanks for joining!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      February 19, 2014

      Tho some instant gratification is much better – like M&Ms,cold beer, and sex. (Not necessarily in that order)

  9. Confessions of a Wine Geek
    February 19, 2014

    Makes me feel so lucky to have so many easily accessible outlets for fantastic (and not so fantastic!) vino!

  10. $12 taste buds
    February 19, 2014

    “… here in the happiest drunken place on earth.” Well done, sir!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      February 19, 2014

      Thank you! Disney has the monopoly on non-drunken places, so I had to top them in some way.

  11. The Wandering Gourmand
    February 21, 2014

    To add to your rant, Jesus’s first miracle was turning water to wine. Just sayin’…

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