So I just got this email from the NRA (which I am a member of.) Of all the things that I might expect to see in such an email, wine is not one of them. Yet, for some totally bizarre reason, someone at the NRA decided that its members would be interested in special deals on wine.
The first wine listed: 2005 El Tiburon California Cabernet Sauvignon. “A blend of grapes from Napa Valley and Sonoma County, this wine offers aromas and flavors of cassis, plum, black olive, bacon, mint and berries.”
Am I missing something here? What the fuck is this? Since when is wine supposed to have “aromas and flavors” of bacon in it? In the movie Sideways when the guy says he tastes “a hint of cheese” in the wine and the other guy makes some sarcastic remark about it, I thought that was supposed to be a joke. But do wine-o-philes really taste this stuff in the booze they’re drinking?
2006 Premonition Sonoma MSP Sauvignon Blanc: We have a feeling you’re going to love this wine, which showcases aromas and flavors of kiwi, pink grapefruit, green apple, melon, honey and hay.
Are these flavors really there in wine? Why? How? Do a majority of people who drink these specific wines actually taste bacon or hay in them, without already being told that the wine “contains” those flavors, or is this just something that the company is claiming and then people drinking it can say, “hey, I DO taste the bacon after all!”