Who thinks these things up? Elin McCoy of Bloomberg News reports on an Oregon winery
that recruited an elephant to stomp grapes as part of a fund raiser for
a wildlife park. Talk about â€œnatural wineâ€! Winery owner Stephen
Reustle of Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards
was not worried that the pachyderm would crush the grape seeds and
exude harsh tannins once he saw the beastâ€™s â€œsoft, fleshy pads,â€
In her roundup of wild and wacky wine stories from 2010, McCoy notes a
British Columbia cattle rancher who gives her cows a liter of red wine a
day for the last 60 days before slaughter. At least they die
happy, and supposedly more tender and flavorful. The steaks are high on
that venture, to say the least.
â€œIt really has this umami thing,â€ says Janice Rayndahl of Sezmu Meats. Isnâ€™t umami Japanese for â€œje ne sais quoiâ€? You know, that flavor you canâ€™t really pinpoint or put a name to?
McCoy also highlights sales of the â€œWine Rackâ€
bra, for the woman whose cup runneth over. It conceals an entire bottle
of wine to be sipped inconspicuously through a tube. I can see this
catching on with guys, too – we no longer need be ashamed of our
Jeff Siegel, my co-conspirator at DrinkLocalWine.com has posted his annual â€œ$10 Wine Hall of Fameâ€ on his Wine Curmudgeon
blog. Jeff revels in cheap wine, and has since even before the
recession, so he can spot the extreme values. I donâ€™t share his
fondness for Barefoot Merlot, which almost made the cut this year, but
Jeff has a keen eye for everyday wines – the type of wines most people
For the past few years, the cork industry has
fought back against screwcaps by playing the global warming card –
buying cork-stoppered wines helps preserve the Mediterranean cork
forests and their natural wildlife habitats. Now cork producers are
playing the sex card, too – their latest ad campaigns (primarily on the
Internet and savaged by wine bloggers such as Alder Yarrow at Vinography)
show a guy striking out with a hot babe when he pulls a flaccid plastic
â€œcorkâ€ from a wine bottle. Another video has a woman scorned as a
â€œbrown noserâ€ when she twists open a screwcapped wine at an office
party. I guess they think we wine lovers are really shallow.
This post appeared in similar form on The Washington Post’s All We Can Eat blog on Jan. 6.