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A Tasting of Trump Wines
By Tony Powers
2 April 2016
Today, at the most prestigious wine tasting event of the year, VinItaly, the largest wine trade show in the world, which features over 150,000 annual visitors from 210 countries, 4,000 exhibitors, 2,600 journalists from 46 countries, and thousands of buyers from North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Latin America and featuring highly acclaimed wines from the top 100 wineries of the year and winemakers from some of the greatest vineyards in the world, Donald Trump stormed into the event and demanded his wines be tasted and judged.
Trump, his butler and assistants carrying case after case of Trump wines into the event said to the assembled judges: “I will put my fabulous wines up against any wines in the world…in the world. And, believe me – I know wine. I have great wine taste buds. Great taste buds. The best. Everyone says that, and everyone says my wines are terrific. Terrific. Believe me.
“I have the most incredible world-class vintners making the greatest wines of all time anywhere in the world. My Trump vineyards are second to none. Second to none. Believe me, they are incredible. Everyone who tastes my wines can’t believe them because they are amazed. They’re amazed. They tell me, and you can ask anyone, they say Donald, how do you do it? But everything I do I do great. I do it great. And believe me, I made some fabulous deals to get my vineyards. Fabulous. There are still some sore losers out there with a lotta sour grapes. That’s a Trump family joke. Hey, I’m kidding. I’m kidding.
You judges, you tasters – especially you Frenchies who think you have such great wines – you’re in for a treat. A real treat. These are terrific wines. Believe me, terrific. I want you to see what some really great wine tastes like. Go ahead, Sante – hey – whaddaya doing? Don’t spit it out! Why do all you guys take a sip and then spit it out? Hey, frogs – I didn’t grow these grapes so you can spit it out! I’m just kidding with the frogs. I’m a kidder.
Hold it up – look at the legs! You’ve never seen legs like that anywhere. And the body…that’s a full-body. Lush. I feel like I’m describing Sofia Loren, right? Lighten up…you’re all so serious.”
Trump, arms folded, stood and grinned smugly as the tasting began. And:
One taster, a master sommelier who preferred to remain anonymous, fearing being assaulted by Trump’s bodyguards, was so moved after tasting the Trump wine, Pinot Noir Mar a Lago Estate Cuvée 2009 “Le Donald,” that he was transported back to an event in his past.
As he told it; “It was The First Indochina War, August 1954, a mighty struggle between the Viet Minh and the French for control of the country. I was behind enemy lines. J’ai eu une peur bleue. Cut off from any supplies for eight days. Huit jours. The heat was unbearable. And though I had carefully rationed what little water I had, a scant sip a day, my canteens were empty. Un réservoir vide. I was desperate – Je commençais à désespérer.
“So much so that in my feverish delirium, parched beyond anything I could ever have imagined, and with my ability to reason all but gone – mort et enterré – I finally resorted to something that in my mind, up to that moment, had been unthinkable. Impensable!
“I pissed into my canteen – and drank it!
“This Trump Le Donald “wine” has brought me right back to that jungle.
Tony Powers is a born and dragged-up New Yorker. He has written hit songs, acted in hit movies (Jimmy Two-Times in Goodfellas), produced, directed, written and acted in award winning music videos, released an acclaimed CD, and currently blogs at http://barkinginthedark.com. For a complete overview of his bio see Wikipedia. He greatly appreciates any and all who read and/or listen to any of his works.
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