• Following up on last year's bet between senators from Texas and California, the governors of Ohio and Florida made a friendly wager on the outcome of Monday's BCS national title game between the University of Florida and Ohio State University. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made the obvious offer of citrus fruit were the Gators to lose, but Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's end of the bargain was a bit of a surprise--he wagered Ohio wine. Clearly taken aback by the offer, Crist managed to secure some chocolate buckeyes and Skyline Chili to seal the deal. Florida's lopsided victory secured the spoils for Crist, but there's still no word on which Ohio wineries were represented in Strickland's gift. Unfiltered called the Florida governor to ask his opinion of Ohio wines, but Crist isn't returning our calls. Unfiltered's guess is that he's still enjoying the wines at the victory party.
|Paris? Pretentious? Never.|
• Snobbery or public safety? There's a wine-versus-beer battle brewing in Marlborough, the largest wine-producing region in New Zealand. The Marlborough Liquor Enforcement Group (LEG) has decided that it will allow festivalgoers to drink from glasses at the Wine and Food Festival held the second weekend of February, but no longer for the Blues, Brews and BBQs beer festival held the weekend before. Of course, the organizers of Blues, Brews and BBQs are alleging beer-bashing snobbery, but we felt it best to ask the opinion of Allan Scott, the only Marlborough producer of both wine and beer (called Moa). "I agree you cannot restrict one without doing it to the other ... I hate drinking anything out of plastic and so wouldn't even entertain doing so, especially at either event," he said. Unfiltered agrees. So we say no glass at either festival. No paper or plastic either. All beverages must be poured from the bottle or tap directly down the throats of the attendees.
|"There's a rumor that the herd up the road gets their wine in Riedels."|