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Trump Just Did David McCormick a Big Favor

 

Former President Donald Trump hasn’t hidden his ambition for another return to the White House. Short of an announcement, he’s strongly hinted that his supporters will “like” his eventual announcement. His poll numbers look good right now.

Meanwhile, according to Ballotpedia, Trump has issued 442 political endorsements since leaving office. That includes 14 gubernatorial candidates and 16 US Senate contests. He previously endorsed author Sean Parnell for the GOP nomination for US Senate. But Parnell dropped out after losing an ugly child custody case to his ex-wife.

Join Jim and Chad as they celebrate the end of mandates across the country amid cratering COVID-19 numbers. They also scorn weak U.S. sanctions against Russia despite President Biden’s promise to be “swift and severe”. And House Candidate Abby Broyles is forced to apologize after an embarrassing incident involving wine, verbal harassment, and vomiting was made public.

Guns in the Wine Cellar

 

I’m a gun guy. I’ve carried a gun most of my adult life. All of my children grew up shooting; one of them is a pretty good competitive shooter. A few of them hunt — I never did, just not an outdoorsy sort. I taught self-defense shooting classes a long time ago when I lived in Tucson, back in the early days of the women-with-guns thing; most of my students were women who had never handled a gun. I enjoyed it.

I’m a fairly self-controlled fellow. To the extent that I fly off the handle… well, you’ve seen about the worst of it here. I’m pretty mild-mannered, don’t have a temper to speak of, drink modestly and am never drunk, and usually — not always — think before I speak. I’m a pretty responsible guy, the kind of person who handles guns safely and competently.

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Much is being made of President Joe Biden’s rather odd news conference yesterday going after guns and gun dealers to curb the epidemic of urban violence. I’m not getting into the “substance” of his remarks, but instead note the President channeling his inner Eric Swalwell (US Rep., D-CA, failed presidential candidate. And much more). Stick with me; a […]

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Mon Cher, We Will Never Be Second: Phillipe de Rothschild’s Wine Bottles and the Beauty of Capitalism

 

Wine is an art in France. And a business. Considering its dual nature, perhaps there was no one better to revolutionize both aspects of the French wine industry than a Rothschild. One from a family that has been entwined for centuries in Europe’s money and its art, as patrons and creators.

Nowadays, to the extent that he is remembered at all in the Anglophone world, Baron Philippe de Rothschild is remembered as a race car driver or the husband of style icon Pauline. However, the Baron was also a poet, film and theatre producer, playwright, translator, and vigneron of almost unparalleled success.

Château Mouton Rothschild, a wine estate located in Pauillac, southwestern France, has been in the Rothschild family since 1853, when it was purchased by Nathaniel de Rothschild and renamed from Château Brane-Mouton. Nathaniel was actually an English, not a French, Rothschild, though he spent the majority of his life residing and working in the country with the French branch of the family, and Phillipe believed that this is why the vineyard was denied Premier Cru status despite meeting the price standard. (The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 was based on each château’s trade price and reputation, which at the time was closely related to the quality of the wine that it produced. Even in the face of significant criticism, the classification list remains in force today). Despite Nathaniel’s love of it, Château Mouton Rothschild little interested James Mayer de Rothschild, the heir, or his son Henri.

Wines to Pick as Your (Affordable) House Wines

 

Since the start of the Lockdown I have taken some solace with drinking good wine with dinner. In these chaotic economic conditions it’s good to have excellent wine available at good prices.

Below is a list of high quality but affordable wines that I am sharing on Ricochet. Maybe it will be useful for some and maybe come comments will include other favorite wines. I limited it nine wines so people can nominate a wine for the #10 spot.

It’s finally Friday of a very busy week! Jim and Greg have plenty to say about a member of the House Democratic leadership admitting to CNN that the Democrats may never send the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate unless Mitch McConnell agrees to the demands of Democrats for how the trial of President Trump ought to be structured.  They also hammer Joe Biden, who admitted that he’s willing to kill thousands – possibly hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy sector – because he’s supremely confident the green economy will offer just as many opportunities for great jobs.  And they are the glad the holidays are right around the corner as Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate descends into discussions of wine caves and selfies.

Starting Monday, Jim and Greg will begin their six-episode Three Martini Lunch Awards for 2019.  They each hand out 18 awards in categories ranging from overrated and underrated political figures to rising and fading political figures to the best and worst political ideas of the year, eventually working up to their choices for person of the year.  Enjoy these special episodes and let us know what you think of our choices and share who you would choose!

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My lovely wife and I have decided (well, she suggested, I just nodded my head yes because I am happy to be with her where ever she wants to go) to drive up the western shore of Lake Michigan, on Wisconsin’s east coast, travel across the UP, cross the bridge and come back through Michigan, […]

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Class, today’s quotes are on the topic of wine. I’m not a very good drinker myself, I mean I get drunk after a few sips of any kind of alcohol. Okay I’m a cheap date. But I’ve always liked the idea of wine. It seems so elegant. I worked at Air France for 11 years […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review Champagne’s effervescent story told Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 pm […]

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French President Hollande took a firm stand for French culture:  The meeting [with Iranian President Rouhani] was supposed to take place over lunch – normally served with an array of French dishes and a top-grade wine vintage as well as cheese. France is hugely proud of its culinary credentials, with its gastronomic meal recently pronounced […]

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First off, this post does not require counting or drinking for each time you hear Let me be clear*, but feel free to do so, if you need strength and courage. Now, let me be clear*, this info is probably already somewhere on Ricochet, but you know how it is when things are lost, and you can’t find […]

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Dear WSJ Wine, I do love many WSJ offerings, including most especially Wall Street Journal in the Morning. However, I must make my concerns regarding your wine offerings known. Tonight, my husband and I opened FOUR bottles from the most recent shipment and found, quite literally, one of them drinkable, and that was about the […]

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Why I Never Drink Alone

 

400px-Napa_Valley_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan_What makes St. Helena in Napa County different?

When the rain is pelting down (yes, we actually have some today); when the fire is blazing; when the book is riveting; it’s only a few small steps into the coveted wine cellar where one finds not a booze closet, but a liquid scrapbook — corked and bottled. Whitman said, “never am I less alone than, than when alone.” And one is never truly alone when Napa Cab is near.

So, when the day is done, and one sits — fire roaring, book in lap (maybe at a younger age, with something else in lap) — is there anything more apropos than a bottle from one’s own cellar?