According to Barefoot, reports that the winery was “overjoyed” following the Ginsburg mention were a tad overblown. There wasn’t a flurry of calls for the “Opus something or other” that Ginsburg said was behind her State of the Union snoozefest after admitting she wasn’t “100 percent sober” when asked about it at an event a few weeks later.
“Before we went to the State of the Union, Justice [Anthony] Kennedy brought in … it was an Opus something or other, very fine California wine, and I vowed this year, just sparkling water, stay away from the wine,” explained Ginsburg, who’d also been caught in a Cabernet-induced catnap at the 2013 State of the Union, during a talk hosted by the Smithsonian Associates in D.C. “But in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine.”
One would assume that any endorsement — however off-hand — by the millennially loved Notorius RBG would have the proverbial phone lines flashing, but not so, said Opus. The winery, which produces about 25,000 cases a year, didn’t immediately send Ginsburg or Kennedy a few $255 bottles of its famous Bordeaux blend.
“In general, we have a very non-promotional approach to marketing,” continued Barefoot before adding, “We were just happy to be included.”