May 26, 2017

Trump Wine is for Losers

Sorry about the headline.  It was an attempt at sarcasm about Donald Trump, which is impossible.

Recently, the media has raised questions about the legitimacy of Trump’s Virginia Winery. (See the link to today’s Daily Beast article below.)

On July 21st, 2o15, I was in Charlottesville, Virginia on the start of a tour of the area’s wineries.

See: Virginia Shows the Potential of Midwest Wine 

During breakfast that morning, Donald Trump came on the air and blasted John Mc Cain for being captured in Vietnam.  My first thought upon hearing this insult was, “That’s the end of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate.”

But that was hundreds of insults ago, and he’s still in the race.  As for the veracity of Donald’s winery, several wine producers in the Shenandoah Valley told me that they buy grapes from Trump’s vineyard.  Several winery sources also said he was the largest grape grower in Virginia.

See: Trump Wine is Built On Acres of Lies 

Trump licenses his name to all kinds of products, including wine.  Why would anyone be shocked by this revelation?  If Trump even tangentially supports wine grape production in Virginia, that’s a good thing, in my opinion.

If Trump is elected, alcohol consumption should go way up. But I don’t plan on ever buying his wine.

About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.