Sunday, October 31, 2010

Several States believe in a Wineocracy as well

My friend and loyal reader, Shawna M., sent the following article to me:

"States Pour Government Money into Wine"

Interestingly Shawna and I tend to look at things from opposite ends of the political spectrum. When she sent me this article, she did not say whether she agreed or disagreed, but I wonder if we might actually agree on this one....I'll let her tell me in private.

As far as where I stand? I wholeheartedly agree. Many of you have often heard me complain about the taxes in my wonderful home state of New Jersey (I'm not being facetious - outside of the taxes and traffic, Jersey is a great place to live). However, I have to believe that the couple of thousands being allocated to winemakers amounts to a few pennies of my annual tax bill. Though the payout on the actual wine might take awhile, this is a relatively inexpensive investment for states. Plus, the return will be realized a lot sooner on local hotels, restaurants, and shops.

If you read to the end of the article, you'll also see that some farmers decide to grow grapes to bolster the farms financial stability so that they can continue to grow other crops. I also firmly believe in and when possible, support, local farms and if planting grape vines means more locally grown apples, I'm all for it. In my world, that is one of the ultimate "win-win" scenarios!

The article is relatively short and should take about 5-10 minutes to read. Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

Unil the next sniff, sip, quaff or interesting article,


Alli M.


Anonymous said...

Dear Editor: believe it or not, I agree with how state and federal governments are supporting wineries :-) For many of the same reasons that both the article and you cited above. I think it's a fascinating subculture, and we should definitely try to develop it further.

elliej said...

I wholeheartedly agree with state and federal governments supporting wineries. Cheers!!

Alli M. said...

Shawna: I actually figured you agreed, but didn't want to misrepresent.

I like to see when government makes good investments, because as I believe we would both agree (again!), this does not happen nearly as often as it should. It makes all kind of sense for state governments to invest in something that not only drives tourism but also helps support local farming. Thanks for sharing the article!