Dhonig at 2 Days per Bottle has proposed an interesting theme this month. Usually, we wine blogger-types are not known for showing a lot of political leanings one way or another, but this is a theme that will drag that out of a lot of us. It's kind of like the carpool I participate in here in the East Bay. I pick up strangers in the morning and take them to San Francisco and we have an unwritten rule: no politics. (I'm really looking forward to reading the round-up).
The proposition is to describe what we will drink if Obama wins and what we will drink if Bush wins.
For my Obama wine, I am going to find and drink the best Champagne I have had in the last year, The Pommery Cuvée Louise 1989. I was very fortunate to have this in magnum earlier in the summer and it was a thrilling wine. This wine is poised, elegant, almost stately. The nose is sophisticated, with a hint of the wisdom of age. The bubbles are energetic but restrained. It is a serious wine, but just playful enough. Champagne is celebratory and spirited, a hopeful drink when you know things are going your way.
The McCain Win
If McCain wins, my choice is the 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select Kentucky Bourbon. A lot of it. Hell, it's American. The 1792 has had 8 years in the barrel but hasn't really absorbed too much of the goodness of the barrels. It seems pretty deep at first, but the aftertaste is pretty transparent. It's at first sweet-talkin', like McCain appearing so hip on the Jon Stewart show. Then it kinda burns going down and lingers in your stomach.
Deep down it definitely has a Southern attitude and after a bunch of it, makes you kinda numb. Too much is really going to make your head hurt. This is a good stiff drink when you need to brace yourself for 4 years of more of the dregs the last 8 years have brought us.