Monday, July 31, 2006

Wine of the Month Review #5: LOST EDITION

Name: Mano a Mano La Mancha
Date: 2004
Origin: Spain
Alcohol content: 13%

Like a freshly-birthed calf still encased in its placental vestments, it is recommended that Mano a Mano be allowed to breathe for at least 30 minutes before enjoying. I lost the original tasting/accompaniment notes, so I thought I'd spend the half-hour of pre-enjoyment time productively. Now I'm no sommelier, but in addition to the barbequed meats and aged pecorinos this wine must effortlessly enhance, a wig, tasteless makeup, a sleeping pill, and vodka shots with tomato wedge chasers sounded right to me. And 30 minutes is a long time.

With the Mano a Mano breathing at my side, I put on ABBA's greatest hits and slammed back a couple three "aperitifs" and just as I was starting to think all bloody marys should be ingested in this raw form, I smelled something.

MEAT.

I'd never had a olfactory hallucination so vivid! It was meat alright, and probably bacon. But where was it coming from?
At this point I was already too drunk to search much further than the drawer labelled "meats" in the fridge, and so I just drank the wine instead. I'm pretty sure the 30 minutes wasn't up.

My hazy recollection of the wine is little more than thoughts such as "dark" and "red" and "bacon", but the medly of finishing flavors stayed on my palate long through the night and into the morning when I woke up on the kitchen counter.
If I'd retained the tasting notes, the mystery of the meat would have been instantly solved-- it turns out "bacon fat" is one of the featured hints of flavor found in a mouthful of Mano a Mano. How confusing, how modern. I'm really surprised they didn't think of the wig thing, though.

7 comments:

BunnyD said...

I first thought it was your real hair!! OMG Such a good wig. We are going to see Victor tomorrow!! Jealous?

MertMengelmier said...

Greatest. post. ever.

Accidentally Disastrous said...

I think you should have a seperate blog where you just review wines!

jenovus said...

The wig is bad, and you should feel bad!

Lena Webb said...

Bunny D, I am jealous. So jealous. I want a sancho panza vegetariano more than you know.

Mert, aw shucks!

Brendon, you're so helpful when you use exclamation points!

Ian, YOU'RE WRONG!

Mackenzie said...

I wish I had been with you...

I also wish that I had more money so I could have signed you up for more than 3 months of wine. except...I'm pretty fuckin sure that we'll be consuming wine together. in boston. the new new york city.

that's wirght. duh.

Lena Webb said...

Noo Noo York!