I know, who would put Illinois and wine in the same sentence?
I guess things are slow in the soy
bean and corn business and Illinoisans [is that what we are?] are
trying their hand at brewing up local red and white stuff. They feel
confident thay won't have to call it Ripple or Thunderbird
Plus, the International Wine
Institute, a non profit group dedicated to getting people to learn what
wine goes with what food, is having an event next Friday at the Daley
Center in Chicago.
It costs $125, an amount equal to a
year's salary for some people in other countries. It should be noted
that only the first ten percent goes to cover the mortages of the
President and CEO of this dedicated organization. Fledgling oenophiles
will be learning how to pronounce words that start with "oe" and
learning which vintage to serve with fancy pants food.
Or for people who want to
eat something they recognize there will be things like a gourmet
grilled cheese sandwich made with Camembert -- no, really.
Doesn't it seem a bit insensitive
to have an event like this with thousands of homeless refugees from one
of our own US cities getting their first taste of hot food and a good
night's sleep in a week?
Of course not. This is America. We embrace everyone.