Taking a break from the seriousness of the economy and oil drilling, President Obama set aside some time during a recent Democratic Party fundraiser to take a jab at Donald Trump and Trump Wine. “Has anybody bought that wine? I want to know what that wine tastes like,” commented President Cool Guy as he laughed. President Badass then went on to say, “I mean, come on. You know that’s like some $5 wine. They slap a label on it. They charge you $50 and say it’s the greatest wine ever.”
Obviously, PODUS was presenting these comments in jest; however, the subject of Trump and his (according to Trump) successful business ventures let to a somewhat more serious discussion about Trump’s ability to actually lead the country. Indeed, the recent sideshow that occurred in which a table of Trump-branded products (steaks, water, and wine) was the star could lead one to question the integrity of Trump. As this is a wine site, let’s just focus on the Trump Winery that Trump claimed he owned “100 percent, no mortgage, no debt.” .
Yes, Trump Winery is real, and it is quite successful, ranking 5th in the total wine production in the U.S. It is located on a 1,300-acre estate in Charlottesville, VA where Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sémillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot varietals are made. Sounds great for Trump. Only problem is…DONALD TRUMP DOES NOT OWN THIS WINERY. In fact, a disclaimer on website states, “Trump Winery is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates.” Just because something belongs to your son, it does not mean that it belongs to you, Mr. Trump. (And it seems your son is trying to wipe his fingerprints off your train wreck.)
The fact of the matter is that most of the “amazing” products that were presented during Trump’s circus press conference were either not very successful, or not his at all. If you want a detailed list, NPR can provide that for you. We realize political candidates often massage the truth, but this is a clear-cut example of straight up lying. We try not to be too political very often; however, when you start involving wine, we have to say something.
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