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April 6, 2007

Manny being Merlot

When I first heard about Red Sox wines, I thought it must clearly be a joke of some kind. April Fool’s Day isn’t too far gone, after all, and wine and baseball are not two things I usually associate with each other. But a quick look at the site reveals that the wines – “Manny Being Merlot” included – are all being sold to benefit Red Sox ballplayers’ favorite charities. CaberKnucle

There are obviously a lot of jokes that come to mind, the first of which being that it must take a special, one-of-a-kind, flown-in-from-San-Diego sommelier to uncork the CaberKnuckle, lest the cork goes bouncing all over, and the bottle passes through his/her hands and goes flying, and it decreases the wine’s intended value. Mostly, though, I am thinking up of ways to expand their brand; there are a lot of good combinations out there. You could have some Youkilis Manischewitz, or maybe top off your dinner with some Papel-Port. If you’re just looking to get in a messy bar fight you could get all lit up swigging back some J/T 20-20. And, of course, there’s always Matsu-sake.

I can’t really think of any more at the moment (also: I’m tired and want to go to bed), but I’m sure you all can come up with more. Truthfully, I don’t know much about wine outside of Yellowtail, and I don’t think wine that’s advertised inside bus stop kiosks is necessarily a sign of quality. But if you like wine, I’d suggest giving these wines a chance once they’re publicly available. Charity, alcohol and baseball make a great combination.

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