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May’s Meau-Faux Orson Welles

Orson Welles was not just the ‘wine before its time’ guy. He was the guy who pioneered Fake News by scaring the bejezus out of Americans by announcing an alien invasion over the radio in 1938. Spoiler alert – it didn’t happen… Late in his career, he became well known as a (paid) California wine advocate on early TV ads. Welles was famous for almost creating many cinematic masterpieces. But the style of the time was to let the studio that owned the films do the editing and much of his best work was left uncompleted or hacked. Nonetheless, Citizen Kane is viewed as one of the best films of all time. Welles was also a magician, a theater actor and spent much of his professional life in Europe. His imposing presence and deep baritone voice made him a frequent guest on TV shows in the 70’s. We think that Welles’ wine quotes are best summed up with this gem: ‘The best way to learn about wine is to drink it.”