The Prisoner breaks out new upscale label - Unshackled

July 17, 2021

Pour yourselves a glass of 40-degree F Unshackled Rosé from The Prisoner: Citrus, melon and strawberry aromas evolve to grapefruit, lemon flavors riding a crisp acidity through a clean finish. Unshackled is a new upscale label from The Prisoner. Now sit back, read the following, then please send comments.

One possible reason George Washington and his fellows are being scorned and their statues removed may be President Washington’s Farewell Address, a fine example of the founders’ thinking. He wrote the following, published by Philadelphia Daily American, 1796 (paraphrased for brevity): There will be many groups, foreign and domestic, who have no faith in that representative democracy Americans have created, and they will try to tear it down. Only dedication to the principles of liberty that founded our government will save the American people from disaster; regional in-fighting will be the death of the United States. 

It is called an address rather than a speech because it was published rather than spoken. Winos with a historical bent and time on their hands would be well served to pour a glass and check out this well-crafted website, which covers much of our history and is thoroughly annotated and footnoted:

Prefer reds? You may wish to try Unshackled Red Blend from this premium blender of juice at fair prices. Look for blueberry, violet and raspberry nose. On the palate, dried cherries modified by herbal and white pepper nuance. Chrissy Whitman and her team are the Alice Waters of wine cheffery.

Unlike President Washington, whom I deeply admire, especially his writings on foreign entanglements, and recognizing that during his lifetime, U.S. citizenry meant Christian, white male, property owners for the most part, as a grizzled former chef, I’m certain, with “melting pots,” constant stirring brings homogeneity over time and too much heat will thwart your efforts. USA has had several “cataclysmic social upheavals” to date. One could argue the resolutions have improved the situation of the population at large, over time. USC Amendments 13, 14, 15, 19 and 18-21 are primary but not exclusive examples of this issue.

At this point only serious winos are still reading. Most of us prefer Reds. I’d like to recommend a glass of Domaine Bousquet Gran Malbec 2018 from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. While you are shopping, try to buy the 2019 also. These have been consistent 89-90-pointers, but the 2018 at McD 91 and the ‘19 at 92 are terrific. The ‘19 needs another year but the ‘18 is drinking well. Best of all, they can be found around $20. I am a fan. Their product has been improving dramatically recently from an already elevated level. If you see any of their Gaia Red Blend 2017 or ‘18 under $18, buy with both hands for your house red. If you don’t like it, email me and I’ll buy any unopened bottles up to the first 24.

The economic term, “creative destruction,” aka Schumpeter’s Gale, made popular by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy,” 1942, was a takedown of Marx. Primary difference: Marx believed capitalism’s crisis and destruction would lead to its demise. Schumpeter also debunked Keynes’ opinion the economy is healthy when in static equilibrium. Keynes posited government should intervene to foster that balance. Schumpeter viewed creative destruction a necessary method to make room for new markets, thereby stimulating growth. His later example of the advent of the internet is a terrific, recent support of “creative destruction.” I believe and hope the current tug of war is nearing the apex of its Progressive crescendo. Our citizenry is becoming disgusted by the constant nattering of the media, “big tech” and the thrashing about of the Gullivers’ policies in Washington, D.C., and state capitals. Folks are becoming more involved and vocal. The increased violence is concerning, and I’m hoping the coming catharsis is more like the early 1900s than the mid-1800s. I’m politically nonpartisan here, preferring to quote the Bard of Avon, with a slight modification, “A pox on all their houses.” By now, those following carefully should feel a nice warm glow in their cheeks. Accomplished readers may have a few partials on their table. If you don’t, please refrain from driving and have a great week.

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