…and so we arrive at Election Day 2012.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just going to be happy that it’s all over…mainly for the fact that I can’t vote (since I’m officially only a U.S. resident) and also so I don’t have to read any more of the misguided rhetoric which seems to have comprised the majority of my Facebook feed for the last 2 months! Then again, we’re still going to have at least …..oh, I don’t know….probably another 6 months of “fallout posts” to put up with! It gives me a headache just thinking about it!
There’s a first time for everything, and yes (in case you were wondering), this is the first time I’ve ever seen a wine bottle wearing a tie….but I’m guessing it won’t be the last!
With wine labels representative of their political parties, Donkey and Elephant wines come all dressed-up in Democratic or Republican neckties and are packaged with a mini-American flag. What else do you want? What’s that you say? ‘It would be cool if they played a little song or something when you squeeze the tie?’ WELL….GUESS WHAT…THEY DO THAT AS WELL!!! (I kid you not.)
Was I skeptical popping the cork on both these bottles? Well, only as skeptical as I am on both of the guys that have found themselves running for office i.e. VERY SKEPTICAL!!!
You know what they say though: Don’t judge a wine by it’s necktie…at least…that’s what they should say, because these wines are actually pretty good. What I would call definite “crowd pleasers.”
The wines are an interesting blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and even a tiny amount of Viognier is added in there just to soften the wine up a little. Medium in body, and skewing mainly towards red fruit, the wine drinks extremely smoothly. A fair balance between cranberry, ripe raspberry and plum, with secondary flavors of oak, baking spices, clove and nutmeg. Subtle tannins hold everything together.