Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Syrah Palin bombs in San Francisco

Palin Syrah: Wine Drinkers Balk at a Chilean Wine With Hints of Alaska
An organic wine from Chile has oenophiles in San Francisco turning up their noses. But there’s nothing wrong with the wine. It’s the name that bothers them:

Palin Syrah.

The wine from a boutique vineyard in Chile was once a strong seller, but now it’s an outcast in the City by the Bay because its name comes way too close to a certain governor from the state of Alaska, says Celine Guillou, co-owner of the Yield Wine Bar.

Palin Syrah — pronounced Pay-LEEN — takes its name from a ball used in a Chilean-style hockey game, and it has been on the bar’s wine list for a while. But sales have plummeted ever since John McCain named Sarah Palin to be his running mate. [...]

I'm not surprised. Sounds like a typical knee-jerk reaction by unthinking San Francisco morons. It's the kind of thing I've come to expect from "the city that knows how". It can be painful and hazardous to be surrounded by unthinking knee-jerks who kick a lot. After 24 years of it, we finally left, without regrets.

Hopefully the good Pay-LEEN will find sane buyers elsewhere. I hope we can get it here. Chilean wines are often excellent.

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