In a surprise announcement, Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts gave a hearty endorsement to the wines of Oregon as the “best of America.”
What about the wines of California? Although Kennedy failed to even mention them, most observers felt his speech was filled with thinly veiled shots directed at California wines. And they felt that this had to do with the man in Sacramento in charge of the wine industry, California Wine Czar Bill Clinton.
“Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for president, snubbing Hillary, and he’s clearly snubbing Bill, too” said one political source who asked not to be identified.
“The Oregon wine industry, and the wines they produce, are fresh and alive,” declared Senator Kennedy during a huge gathering at American University. “It is time for a new generation of wine leadership and Oregon fills that role. With every glass of Oregon wine that is consumed, people are touched and inspired.”
The senator continued. “We know the true record of Oregon wines,” he said in a 20 minute address interrupted several times by cheers from the audience. “They had the courage to be in their own style rather than copying someone else, to reflect the true terroir of the Oregon landscape while so many other wineries from other regions were trying to please the critics!” The crowd erupted in wild applause. “From the beginning they marched to their own drummer. And let no one deny that truth.”
Kennedy’s remarks were apparently aimed at chastising the California wine industry whose wines are often dense fruit bombs and whose over-the-top nature frequently masks their varietal character.
“Oregon wines are world class right now,” stated Kennedy, in a manner meant to overturn any objections that the industry is still young and inexperienced. “Their producers are effective and are poised to be second to none in the global scheme of things.”