What wines will you pour at your election party tonight? If you want to be partisan, you could choose these absolutely real wines:
· 2006 Palin Syrah, from a small organic winery in Chile. But it’s not named for the vice presidential candidate. Pronounced “pay-LEEN,” it’s the word for a ball used in a Chilean version of hockey. Hey! A hockey wine for a hockey mom!
· 2007 Obama Sparkling Wine, by Mawby Winery in Sutton’s Bay, Mich. Owner Larry Mawby put Obama’s name on the label, and is donating $1 of the $16 price to the candidate. It’s made of pinot noir and chardonnay, but not by the traditional champagne process.
· 2005 Nader Zinfandel: Yup, even one for third-party candidate Ralph Nader. It’s by Kaz Winery in Amador County, California. But it’s kind of a jokey winery. The full name of the wine is Sarah Nader, a pun on the word “serenader.” Other Kaz wines include one from the mourvedre grape called “Moo Vedre” and a malbec named “Melodrama.”
If you’re brave enough to throw a bash with friends from all three parties, you can be more politically correct by serving:
· A red wine: 2006 Red Truck Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, $11.
· A white wine: 2005 White Truck California Pinot Grigio at $10.
· A blue wine: 2006 Blue Nun Qualitatswein, at $8. Well, the wine isn’t blue, but the bottle is. And the nun on the label is wearing a blue habit.