Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 19, 2014
A New York congressman isn’t too thrilled with how the show runners of Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” decided to describe the wine grown in his district in its newly-released second season.
Without giving too much of the season’s plot line away, Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) replacement as House Majority Whip hails from California. While attempting to strike a deal with two senior House Democrats during the season’s fourth episode, the new Whip suggests that Long Island-grown wine “tastes like piss compared to what we have in Napa… the sort of piss that belongs in… a waste treatment facility.” (You can watch the scene here.)
Rep. Tim Bishop, the real-life Democratic congressman representing the part of the island that is home to the vineyards in question, didn’t take kindly to the show’s slight of the area’s wineries. He released the following statement to The Suffolk Times Tuesday in response to the comment.
“On behalf of East End vitners, growers, their employees and customers, I take exception to anyone criticizing Long Island wines. We have exceptional wines produced by skilled, dedicated and hard-working owners and their employees of vineyards on both forks of our East End, which is why wine production is one of the fastest growing industries on Long Island. I invite the individuals involved in the show to visit New York’s First Congressional district to join me at some of our vineyards.”
The Times has yet to hear back from the New York City playwright who penned the episode for comment.