The Texas Legislature, despite my thoughtful and incisive analysis, seems hell-bent on destroying the Texas wine business. Everyone I've talked to over the past six weeks says the Legislature will almost certainly eliminate the $4.3 million in state funding for wine marketing and research to plug Texas' $27 billion budget gap.
The Wine Curmudgeon has no one to blame for this but himself. I didn't heed the wisdom of the late and much missed Molly Ivins, and treated the members of the Legislature like responsible adults. I will not let that happen again. Hence four reasons why the Legislature should restore the wine money, in terms its members will understand.
1. Famous people who aren't French like wine. Donald Trump just bought a winery in Virginia. And boasted about what a good deal he got.
2. New York cut its budget, but restored state wine funding. Yes, New York, home of painted women, godless intellectuals, and the New York Times. If New York -- the source of all evil for so many Texans -- can do this, why can't Texas?
3. Football players like wine. Joe Montana has made wine. So has Charles Woodson. Granted, neither are Dallas Cowboys, but if that's what it takes, I'll try to put something together. I know Drew Pearson slightly, and Roger Staubach's marketing person has returned my phone calls.
4. Rock stars like wine. I realize most members of the legislature don't know Lady Gaga from Baba O'Reily, but their kids do. And what parent doesn't want to be a hero to their kids? So how about Dave Matthews? Or Tool?