Noble Rot


noble rot, n.
A parasitic fungus that attacks ripe grapes and causes an increase in their sugar content.

So tonight I went to a "wine tasting".  It was ostensibly for charity.  One of the things I noticed is that the wines were all from the same outfit.  I don’t have a lot of experience at these deals, but the other ones I’ve been to had different wines from different wineries.  These were all the same.

Come to find out, the tasting was sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Novartis.  That by itself isn’t so remarkable.  What was intriguing was that it turns out that Novartis owns the winery.  Different sources list their investment in this wine making business between 12 and 20 million dollars.

Why does a pharmaceutical company need a winery/vinyard?  I’m guessin’ so they have free wine to pour down the gullets of medical professionals.   But, that’s just a guess.

I don’t presume to tell other people or corporations how they should spend their money.  Novartis has annual revenues of about 25 billion dollars.  If they want to own a vinyard, that is their business.  However, next time the drug companies start squealing like a pig about how they need to charge outlandish prices for their snake oils and questionably safe remedies,  so they can "fund research and development" for new cures for diseases no one has heard of yet, remember, they also make a very nice Pinot Grigio.




3 Responses to “Noble Rot”

  1. Katherine Coble Says:

    Your explaination is both more reasonable and less sinister than mine, which was that perhaps they own the winery to figure out how to manipulate wines to poison us all.A sort of elitist mind control…

  2. newscoma Says:

    An employee of mine just had to shell out about 300 bucks for a prescription, this, of course, wasn’t covered by her insurance. Who know I could have just bought her a bottle of wine.This really makes me want to scratch out my eyes. Own any business you want, but damn.

  3. Daniel Haszard Says:

    Appreciate your blog,i have a victims support page against Eli Lilly for it’s defective Zyprexa product causing my diabetes.–Daniel Haszard

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