Sunday, September 4, 2005

Illinois Wines

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 either. 

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.



9 comments:

bosoxblue6993w said...

ILLINOIS WINE?    where, exactly, does that rank on the SNOOT SCALE?   A CUT ABOVE OR BELOW RIPPLE AND T-BIRD?    i thought new york state wine was bad

pollysci said...

Wanna see something insensitive?  Go here: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/05/katrina/3338642

gailmb said...

Some of the best wine I've found has been from a small winery north of Lincoln, Nebraska and an even smaller place near Otisco, Minnesota. Have never tried any from Illinois, but I will keep my eyes open. The small, out of the way wineries can be surprisingly good!
FYI: According to a friend of mine residents of Illinois are referred to as Illinoising (pronounced illannoying). But that's just what I've heard......

screaminremo303 said...

Insensitive? I dunno. Are they still showing "Survivor" on TV?

gaboatman said...

Mrs. L
I'm sure the event was scheduled before Katrina was a household name.  Insensitive would be to ATTEND an event like this in light of recent events.  A really BIG gesture would be to cancel the event and send any monies collected to one of the relief oraganizations.  I know, I know, but I can dream, can't I?
Sam

judithheartsong said...

Illinoisans...... I am so glad to be back here. judi

grassriver said...

I agree with gaboatman.

justaname4me2 said...

Let us hope, they donate some of the monies to help down south. I imagine the ceo's and pres, could spare the 10% at least. Now that would be noble enough to go ahead and hold the event~~
Rebecca

judithheartsong said...

ok, time for a post.... I miss ya. That is all. judi