A chap was at a BBQ joint in Texas and asked for a wine list. ” Certainly, sir’ said the waiter handing him a single sheet of paper on which was inscribed the following.
Red $ 5.
White $ 5.
I was reminded of this story when I bought a few bottles of wine recently at Costco. I almost never drink wine myself ( I prefer beer) and so I never really paid attention to the bottles I was selecting. My friends all drink red wine so I just picked out a few bottles of red , not really checking whether they were Merlot or Shiraz or whatever.
A few days later , a friend of mine dropped in and I decided to keep him company so that he wouldn’t have to drink alone. I opened a bottle of Menage a’ Trois ( sexy name that) and almost reflexively looked to see what exactly it was. Imagine my surprise when I saw only that it was labeled as Red Wine. On the back it said ‘ A delightful blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon”. That explained the name. The label also went on like this ” Surrender to the seduction of dark rich berry with a hint of pepper, a lush lingering finish leaving you wishing for more..” Well, I didn’t get all those nuances but I must admit I enjoyed it. It wasn’t dry of course, not with the zinfandel in there , but it went down smoothly and it didn’t have that tannic aftertaste that I detest. I’d never heard of this sort of blending of varietals, having thought that it was confined only to Scotch , but it wasn’t half bad. Given a choice, I’m still going to opt for beer but this makes a good second choice.