Part two of this week’s “Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing” Podcast on reVolver Podcasts Gary gets into the mind of former New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner, and the documentary about his run for mayor of New York in 2013. And, the most appropriate pairing for the well made film, about a complete narcissist has to be Trump Wine. Our thoughts on both below.
To listen to this week’s show, follow the link here, and click “Episode 10.”
The Film: “Weiner”
“Weiner,” is the Oscar level documentary that follows the life and times of former New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner,” who served 7 terms as an outspoken Democrat, but resigned in 2011 in the middle of a well-publicized sexting scandal. So what did the politician with an unfortunate name do? Two years later he resurfaced as a candidate for NYC mayor and wouldn’t you know it, there he was, caught again, sending nude photos of his private parts to multiple women over the internet.
What makes “Weiner,” so compelling is that Anthony is married to, Huma Abedin, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 and currently vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for President. Watching their marital relationship operate during such an intimate scandal is high drama. It also helps to have access and that is exactly what Producers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg had the entire time. Most subjects would have not allowed themselves to be photographed during high-profile meltdowns. Anthony Weiner allowed the cameras to keep running.
Which brings me to Mr. Weiner. According to this film, he just can’t stop himself, both talking and texting. At least he is consistent, but his passionate political message of looking out for the little guy gets lost every time he sends another photo of his weiner to some random wanna-be porn star or female acquaintance on the internet.
Is Weiner a narcissist who tramples on those he loves, or a sexual addict in need of intervention? Probably both, and I’m not a therapist, but the man can’t stop talking about himself long enough realize the damage he is causing.
The saint through all of this mess is his wife, Huma, who says everything by saying very little. He loves the limelight, she does not, and she is one of the main reasons to watch this enlightened, full access, Sundance winning documentary.
“Weiner” is good enough, smart enough, and troubling enough to re-surface during the upcoming Oscar season as a contender, and can be currently found On Demand.
The Wine: Trump Wine
Though I appreciate who Wiener is, and the making of this very well done documentary, I just kept saying all the way through, this person is a complete narcissist who couldn’t keep himself out of the limelight. And the worst part of it, he actually seemed like he was a passionate, driven, hard working politician. He had to find a way to be on the cover of every newspaper in New York for everything except his politics.
I know a lot of people like this, and have met winery owners and representatives who let their ego and desire get in the way of their own potential (we dealt with one just last week.) However, not my style to name names.
I chose instead to pair this documentary about a narcissist, who in the end is actually probably rather insecure, as that would explain his constant need to attention, with a wine created by another one, Donald Trump and Trump Wine. Again, this is a wine I haven’t tried, and will likely never because I can’t support anything that may put another dime in his made in China pockets.
The Blue Ridge Mountain AVA of Virginia winery, near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, has become well known for their sparkling wine options. This make sense as the state has cooler climates, needed to produce the high acid varieties that are the base of many sparkling wines. The Donald’s son Erik is President of the winery.
As every state in the nation, even Hawaii, is making wine today we are finding more and more emerging wine markets. Virginia as one of them and has historically been a great producer of various crops, like tobacco and cotton. The soils of the Blue Ridge AVA are gravelly and loamy, ideal for growing vines as they are well draining, nutrient poor, which is great for vineyards.