Good morning, all,

I’ve always thought the beer buddy threshold was nonsense. Still, it’s worth considering what a White House without a tippling tenant would be like. Sobriety, laudable in many respects, does imply rigidity of thought. The best presidents were open-minded, and generally open to a drink. The nondrinkers, at least over the last century or so, were terrible presidents. - Timothy Egan, The New York Times

Whatever your preferred libation - I myself vote for an espresso as I watch the sun rise in the morning (as I'm doing now) and a glass of red wine as I watch it go down at the end of the day - the The Wrath of Grapes, is a sober (no pun intended) and thought-provoking assessment of the success/failure of American Presidents based on their proclivity or opposition to...ahem...shall we just call it Drinking?

At first I thought it was merely an amusing analysis, and then I started to think about it. Although it might be a tad bit of an exaggeration (What, me exaggerate? Never!), often a certain degree of creativity or thinking outside of the box does seem to go hand-in-hand with shall I say it? appetite for pleasure, and for those I know who do enjoy wine, well, they always refer to it as one of life's great pleasures.

Speaking personally, I cannot imagine my life without my evening ritual of pouring my husband a glass of wine while I fix dinner, or him having one ready for me when I return from a dance class or Pillates if he is the one fixing dinner.

So, lest you, too, think the article merely amusing, without an alcohol's grain of truth to it, think about this: According to Daniel Okrent, author of “Last Call,” Herbert Hoover once had a large wine cellar. His wife gave it all away before Hoover’s disastrous single term. Hmmm.

I wish you all the very best of Tuesdays, enhanced and saluted by your favorite "pour" at the end of the day, even if it's tea!

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