There's a place called The Winehouse. They sell wines there. This weekend, they were having a blowout sale to clear some stock. Wines that are normally $100 were going for $80! Wow! Although I was really looking for $15 wines going for $10. In fact, this is a particularly good wine that we bought for $10.99. Price: Low. Sophistication Level: Probably Also Low. But taste? Taste: High.
The place was packed with people loading up carts with 10, 15, 20 bottles of wine. It was like the rush for the first Tickle Me Elmo, except quiet, dignified and more pretentious. People carrying around printed lists of bottles they had to add to their collection. Debates over whether 2000 or 2001 was the finer vintage. Noses being turned up at rose.
It was quite a crowd. If the building suddenly exploded, Obama would lose California. There were too many of us in one place.