Austin Statesman columnist John Kelso suggests holding a free wine tasting to lure the homeless out of hiding and into range of census takers.
Get Texas winemakers to promote the event to show off their best stuff, and let the homeless judge their Zinfandels, Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. It’s not like all homeless people like to drink, but how many people could turn down that offer?
Sure, it’s true that the twist-off table wines some of the property-challenged traditionally enjoy tend not to be overly sophisticated — not so much oaky as, you know, Okie.
Those Texans: can’t resist taking a shot at Oklahoma.
While wine tastings to benefit the homeless aren’t rare, it would be highly unusual to actually allow the homeless to attend.