With a Pope like the latest in the line it is not surprising the Vatican City consumes more wine per head of population than any other country in the world.
Earlier this month the Argentinian-born Pontif indicated his own liking for the stuff when he told a crowd of thousands in his weekly public address: “Wine expresses the abundance of the banquet and the joy of the feast. Imagine finishing the wedding feast drinking tea, it would be an embarrassment
“How is it possible to celebrate the wedding and have a party if you lack what the prophets indicated was a typical element of the messianic banquet? Wine is necessary for the feast.”
Just as Argentinian wine appears to be a necessary element of the Papal mass. Pope Francis has so far used wines from seven different regions of his country.
Poduced by Spiteful Brewing in Chicago, Dumb Donald beer has a charicature of the man himself on the label as well an an explanation of the maker's distaste for the billionaire politician:
“Dumb Donald is, well, dumb. So dumb in fact, we named a beer after him. It’s like he got caught in a pause halfway through evolution. His brain still functions, at a minimal level with a vocabulary of a second grade student. You might even start to feel sorry for this man-child. Resist that urge, pop open this (beer) and pretend you’re on a far away island where people like Dumb Donald simply don’t exist.”
The first beer to be named in the range was a 4.5% Short-Fingered Stout, which is described as “a bitter and delusional stout with an airy, light-colored head atop a so-so body.
Warren Barton is a veteran newspaper journalist who spent more than 25 of his 50-plus years in the business, writing for a number of publications about wine and the wine industry. Well known for his no-nonsense, easy-reading style, the ability to connect with wine-lovers no matter what their level of experience and his support and belief in New Zealand wines and their makers. Has also written about food, travel, theatre; worked as an editor, columnist, feature writer and is an award-winning golf writer.