Alright, it’s been a busy couple weeks. Between a couple articles about investing in wine and then something about The Godfather mixed in there, I’ve neglected the headlines. So, we’ve got a lot to cover on today’s show. We’ll be looking at everything from online wine auctions and socialist bloggers to John Edwards’ hair. Now hold on to your decanters, it’s going to be a crazy ride.
Cadel Evans – The humble Aussie took the 2011 Tour de France in style. Facing a 50+ second deficit going into the penultimate stage, an individual time trial, Evans unleashed fury and produced the best time trial of his career. Good timing too, as it propelled him to a 1 minute 34 second advantage over his nearest rival by the end of the day. Yes, that’s almost 2 ½ minutes in a ride that lasted only 57 min total! On the podium, the Tour witnessed a special moment, the wonderfully stoic soon-to-be-crowned champion smiled and teared up. The heartache of past shortcomings wiped away in a matter of 57 minutes, it’s a beautiful thing. Congrats Cadel! Vive Le Tour!
Online Wine Auctions – Ahhh! I thought I found a safe haven. A magical place filled with my fellow poor collectors from America, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Ireland and Spain. Alas, I was mistaken. Asians are quickly becoming more active in the online auction space. As with the concept of en primeur, they were slow to jump into this arena, but watch out. On the plus side, it’s a great sign for sellers of solid investment wines as your demand (especially for Bordeaux First and Second Growths) is likely going to spike as they continue to embrace this forum. I wonder if the Chinese government allows them to view all online wine auction sites?! Maybe web censorship is a good thing.
Congressman Paul Ryan – Paul Ryan and two other guests, both economists, enjoyed a couple solid bottles of ’04 Jayer-Gilles Grand Cru Echezeaux at dinner a few weeks back. Unfortunately, a self-righteous lib academic took umbrage with this, interrupted Ryan and spoke her mind. She has every right, it’s a free country; however you can’t help but wonder how this misguided woman is shaping her students’ minds. She then reported the incident to the liberal blogosphere and Joshua Green, liberal (read Socialist) blogger, picked up on the scent of perceived class injustice and ran with it. Come on man, why can’t a guy go out and have a nice meal with a couple economist buddies? Actually, it seems like a decent time to be talking to an economist (or two). Why don’t you go find where Nancy Pelosi was that night and see if she opted for a PBR over a nice bottle of wine? Only difference is she’d be dining with a union chief or lobbyist. Wait, who cares, she can eat and drink whatever she wants with whomever she wants. And to address the Marxist article Green was referring, the $700 spent on wine is a healthy amount and the same as a minimum wage earning couple’s weekly pay. But that’s capitalism, you can spend your money on what you want, what you can afford is all relative. Paul Ryan = Winning for getting to drink some good juice and putting up with this crap on a daily basis.
Mollydooker’s US Fans – Tragedy struck as a crate of Mollydooker’s high-end greatness Velvet Glove crashed to earth destroying all but one case. The shipment of their prestige label, bound for the US, was destroyed when a forklift malfunctioned, allowing the crate to meet its maker. Sparky Marquis, the whimsical owner of Mollydooker, not one to publically cry over spilt wine, was quoted saying “there was red everywhere, but it smelled phenomenal. They were really impressed with the smell.” Knowing that, it makes losing $1M worth of wine all the easier.
Reality TV Whores Michaele and Tareq Salahi – Shocker, they ran a failed business and duped people out of money. In reality, should we expect more from them? This time it’s a woman trying to celebrate her graduation from grad school by taking a guided tour of Virginia’s wine country with friends, when she was taken by these con artists. You two need to go somewhere and…well you know.
Socialist Blogger Josh Green – See Congressman Paul Ryan (above). I hope you really don’t believe what your writing insinuates. Class warfare is never an attractive or intelligent argument. The debate that’s currently out there is about government spending, not personal spending, even if it’s by elected officials. So how about you leave wine out of your trivial attempts at being relevant. And btw, John Edwards did deserve to catch flack because he spent $400 on a haircut. What man does that?!
And like that I’m out. Peace!