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Lenn - you wrote an excellent piece that got me to thinking and looking at the LA Times and Yahoo articles that were written. Most of the "outrage" strikes me as gossip mongering and bandwagon in nature. And more than a few people didn't seem to have the reading comprehension to understand what Lieb was doing. These are just a few excepts from what I posted on G+ ...I'm curious. I assume no one ranting about this memorial wine purchased any "We love America" "Never Forget" t-shirts, "Yellow Ribbon" car magnets or t-shirts to support troops (purchased from Walmart or the sidewalk vendor, whom I'm sure sent that money straight to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force troops to buy after market armor, or The Marine Family Support groups to pay the light bills of called up reservists) Or perhaps you boycotted the CD that was produced after 9/11 from the Concert for New York? Wait, you only bought those things because those items were all 100% of the profit, including production costs, donated to a charitable fund right? Because weren't those all horribly exploitative, profit mongering taking advantage of a national tragedy, just like Lieb Cellars? ...They did this to raise funds to do something good - they've been doing it since their 2002 vintage - when we were all opening our wallets, our veins (giving blood) and our hearts to heal. I'm yet to figure out why this FDNY/EMS group would contact Bourdain or his (former) restaurant about carrying the wine, and not contact the Memorial Fund people or the winery itself to start an honest dialogue. They've actually been making a wine along these lines since 2002. If Bourdain and this FDNY/EMS group were that worked up about it, you'd think someone would have started raising a little media hell sometime in the last 9 YEARS? This is a good thing, benefiting charitable organizations that need funds. Stop with the hate. That's what caused this whole scenario to begin with. Thanks for your continued balanced articles, and as always, your class! is now following The Typepad Team
Aug 25, 2011