2020 Democrat Hopefuls Spar Over ‘Wine Cave’ Debate

One of the more explosive moments at the most recent Democrat debates were centered around the term ‘wine cave.’ One America’s Rachel Acenas has more on how it was used to single out one candidate, but then turned into a debate itself.

Of all the silly things to debate over. The Dems have no chance of winning in 2020.

To reach the wine cave that set off a firestorm in this week’s Democratic presidential debate, visitors must navigate a hillside shrouded in mossy oak trees and walk down a brick-and-limestone hallway lined with wine barrels. Inside the room, a strikingly long table made of wood and onyx sits below a raindrop chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals.

The furnishings drew the ire of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Thursday, when she chastised Pete Buttigieg for holding a recent fund-raiser in a wine cave “full of crystals” where she said guests were served $900 bottles of wine.

Here is what Breitbart wrote:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) slammed South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg for his recent “wine cave” fundraiser in Napa Valley, California, to get money from more high-dollar donors.

“Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States,” Warren said.

Buttigieg responded that he is the only candidate onstage “who is not a millionaire or a billionaire,” dismissing criticism of his rubbing shoulders with the upper class.

“You know, according to Forbes magazine, I’m literally the only person on this stage who is not a millionaire or a billionaire. So this is important,” Buttigieg said. “This is the problem with issuing purity tests you cannot yourself pass.”

The exchange soon turned into a purity test over how many big-ticket fundraisers each candidate has held.

Later in the debate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) interjected, saying, “I did not come here to listen to this argument.”

“I came here to make a case for progress, and I have never been to a wine cave,” she said, admitting that she had been to a wind cave in South Dakota.

A “wine cave” is a “subterranean structure” made for “storing and aging wine,” according to the wine glossary at winerytouringsandtastings.org.

Many of these wine caves are located in Sonoma and Napa Valley, California, where Buttigieg held his fundraiser at an opulent winery. Tickets were $500 apiece, and attendees could fork over $2,800 a head to dine with the South Bend, Indiana, mayor.


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