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Hey in the 1920's kansas was know for it's wines. and should be known again .
One of the nicest wines I've had of late is "Witch in the Ditch" - made in Wamego....
Kansas only produces novelty wines.
She's the governor and has national ambitions. She should have been far more thoughtful in her comments regarding her home state. Words mean something, I think it was very snobby on her part joke or no joke we should be very disappointed with her.
Sebelius's comment is what happens when she makes an uncalculated, unrehearsed statement. Face it, the woman is tightly scripted so as not to take a position or not to offend. This is why she never holds press conferences and takes Q & A on anything of substance or controversial.
The comments about Kansas' sweet wines is interesting because the majority (about 70%) of consumers prefer sweeter wines. However, making dry wine is easier than sweet because there is no concern about refermentation. Any grape can be made into a "sweet" wine (sometimes "fruity" is mistaken for "sweet") or a dry wine - regardless of where it is grown.
There is no "correct" wine taste just as there is no "correct" way to cook steak or "correct" amount of spice or salt in food.
Before a person decides they "know" good wine from bad, participate in a blind tasting. Without the label, most consumers can't distinguish California wine from wine made in "lesser" wine states. (See the Cornell University experiment with mislabeling: Wine mislabeled as North Dakota was given low marks by almost all participants while the same wine mislabeled as California was given high marks.)
Perhaps the wine industry should stage a blind tasting event for the Governor. It might help expand her palate to enjoy a wide range of wine tastes and help her graduate from the the ignorance of wine snobbery which was so perfectly displayed in Washington state.
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