The sweet life: Welcome to Politics Uncorked

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Several years ago I was driving from coast to coast on my way home from a business trip in Florida, and I happened on a winery that I would’ve missed had I blinked. Tucked away down a dirt road in a house with rocking chairs on the front porch (literally) was an old family winery. Tastings were $2, and I got to try their six special wines. To make a long story short, this mistress of wine not only knew her wines inside and out, but taught me a very valuable lesson: to trust my palette. White wine with steak, red with fish, whatever. You like what you like, and don’t let anyone tell you different!


I do not profess to be a wine expert, but stocked in our basement at home are several cases of wine, all of which we have sampled. Some are expensive, some not, but we like what we like. Here are the house rules: don’t touch the bottom three shelves in the wine refrigerator, unless it is a special occasion. That’s it.

Now indulge me in a little adventure, whatever your ranking as a wine connoisseur. If you learn something, I am learning also. If you can teach me something, invite me to your house for dinner and I won’t bring wine, I promise. However, some say I can be bribed with wine for a vote. I won’t confirm or deny that statement.

Given the current laws regarding wine (and beer and liquor) sales in Colorado and the many recent attempts at changing these laws, I can’t help but mention the topic at times since it likely will come up again and again — sort of like a bad wine that repeats itself on you. The discussions may help shed some light on all sides of the issue, helping you not only choose your wines, but formulate your opinions, which you are also allowed to change. After all, it’s a free country.

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