“I rather like bad wine . . . one gets so bored with good wine.” Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield 1804 - 1881 Sybil; or, The Two Nations , bk. I, ch. 1
“As to wine, I was born in the land of plenty” Eryll Oellermann 1948-
Herself had purchased two large bottles of vino in preparation for my visit. I need to smoke, I enjoy a glass of wine. Naturally, as the month is almost past, that wine is history! I should have known better! After all, cvs is a pharmacy … is it not? But there they were, bottles of red wine for only $5.99. now I may be resident in a far and misty land, but, I know a bargain when I see one. Yes … indeed! Chateau Diana, California, Merlot.
Red wine, along with garlic and drizzles of olive oil … is, as we all know, that which keeps the Mediterranean folks heart healthy. Red wine, in moderation is good for you. Merlot would be my personal favourite. $5.99 … Last night I uncorked my bottle of red. Yep … a merlot which cost only $5.99 came corked. Sure it was only one of those new fangled plastic corks … But it was a cork. A little wine into each elegant wine glass…. “cheers!” … mmmm …. What the %$! My bargain basement merlot tastes like an alcho pop! I grab the bottle, there it is “merlot” … uh oh, right beneath ‘merlot” are the words … WINE PRODUCT! Whoever heard of such a thing … man! What is the world of wine coming to? I roll the bottle in my hands until the back label is visible to my disbelieving eyes. Ingredients??? Wine is made from grapes, since when does it have ingredients … whoops …. Forgot I was handling a “wine product”. Ingredients …California table wine, water, sugar, concentrated juice, natural fruit flavours, citric acid and carbon dioxide … heh! “Chateau Diana Merlot boasts of deep dark fruit and possesses aspects of cherry and cocoa. The warm oak components continue on to a long, smooth, velvety finish.”
Imagine that! Never mind … My Merlot (wine product) contains 6% alcohol by volume and there appears to be 5cents refundable on the real glass bottle.
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