Vintage Voting

The presidential race is under way, and, as always, a clear picture of each candidate is tough to form amidst competing agendas and promises. But why vote with your brain when your palate can do the work for you?

The Food Section points the way to Dr. Vino’s wine-lover’s guide to the primaries, which links a vintage to each candidate. To wit:

Mitt Romney: According to the NYT, he is so ‘vigilant about nutrition’ (read: boring!) that he eats the same meals every day. Anathema to the wine lover! Added bonus: teetotaler. No love from wine geeks.

Mike Huckabee: He’s reputedly a charmer, plays guitar, knows (or knew) how to eat, and jogs every morning. But he’s also a southern Baptist minister, so he doesn’t dance and is a teetotaler. So close, yet so far. Wine pick: ‘Fre,’ a de-alcoholized wine.

Dr. Vino proves he’s an Obama man by stating, “This man has got style. ... This eloquent American blend could be none other than one of the finest wines in America, with structure and spice: Ridge Monte Bello.”

Serious Eats’ Ed Levine name-checks Dr. Vino in a post lamenting the lack of food talk amongst candidates. Where do they stand on food, anyway?

With all the newspaper headlines about food safety and food politics it is interesting to note, as Food Democracy blogger Annie Richardson did here, who, if any, of the candidates actually has an articulated food policy.

According to Richardson, it turns out that, of all the major candidates running, only John Edwards does. Edwards says all the right things (Is Michael Pollan an Edwards adviser? That’s what it sounds like.)

Could this be so? You would think that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would weigh in on this important topic. Actually, you would think that every viable candidate in both parties would have something to say about our food supply and food politics. Maybe they have, and Richardson and I have just missed it. The safety, sustainability, and deliciousness of our food supply matters to every American.

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