Sunday, October 26, 2008

Favorite Wines: John McCain and Barack Obama

There really seem to be no published reports about the favorite wines of Barack Obama and John McCain, 2008 U.S. presidential candidates. In a Spirit of Wine exclusive, we have picked a favorite and "vice-favorite" selection for each, based on their styles and personalities, and based on our past wine reviews.

OK, perhaps slightly tongue-in-cheek, we were seeking wines that seemed to typify each candidate's style on the campaign trail. Ironically, for each candidate, our top picks were selections from the Michael-David Family of Wines. The choices ended up being two white wines for Obama and two red wines for McCain - probably something to do with white wines being generally more floral, and red wines more tannic. As you prepare your victory (or consolation) parties, consider these choices:

Senator Barack Obama:

Favorite: For Barack Obama, known for his eloquent manner, somewhat floral delivery, and slightly unapproachable style, we have selected the Michael-David Viognier Incognito White, 2005, Lodi, CA, as the favored wine. From our review, we said: "A sweet feel, even though the wine is dry. Perfumed with lengthy finish."

Vice-Favorite: Our vice-favorite for Obama is the Haddon Cellars Pinot Grigio, 2006, CA. We described it this way: "In the glass, it is almost clear, with light vanilla tint. Aromas are bright, sweet... On the palate, think lightly sweet... smooth... Not complex, but pleasant...Light in body... With a chill, it was too shrill."

Senator John McCain:

Favorite: For John McCain, known for his iconoclastic style, self-proclaimed maverick status, and somewhat unpredictable habits, we have selected the Michael-David Incognito Rouge, 2004, Lodi, CA. We described this cacophonous mix as a "Lodi-originated, Rhone-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Cinsault, Carignane, Tannat and Pinot Noir...... smoky... wrapped in fruit with a wisp of pepper." Robert Parker called it "dusty" and "loamy".

Vice-Favorite: Our vice-favorite for McCain is the Robert Grillou Gigondas, 2005, France. We described it this way: "Aromas are deep and raisined, almost port-like. The palate is crusty - think 'Old Man and the Sea' by Hemingway. Dark and bright at the same time... a plus for being all grizzled."

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