The World Economic Forum at the Swiss luxury resort Davos is an annual gathering of financial Masters of the Universe, a gathering conspiracy theorists believe is proof that a small clique controls the world.
Last year, in an ostentatious display of sympathy for the less fortunate (read: everyone else in the world) suffering the results of a historic economic downturn (read: the Master-of-the-Universe-caused financial meltdown), the amazing (read: appalling) official wine tasting was cancelled. Davos, the Masters of the Universe reminded us, is all about work.
This year, what with continued high unemployment and outrage over various governments taxing the Kendall-Jackson crowd to bail out the rich, the amazing wine tasting remains cancelled. See, the Masters of the Universe seem to be saying, we’re just like you. We’re sacrificing. Except, of course, that the wine tasting isn’t cancelled. They just hid it.
Last night a wine-tasting was organised by former Davos employees who have formed a new organisation called the Wine Forum. It took place in a conference room in an airport hotel in Zurich at 6pm – a time and a location that was specifically designed to intercept delegates (read: Masters of the Universe) en route to Davos.
Jancis Robinson presided over a vertical tasting of Chateau d’Yquem, Cheval Blanc and Krug.
Somehow, I doubt she’ll write as glowingly about this year’s tastings as she did about the tasting in 2007. After all, one doesn’t want to rile up the peasants.