Subject: Viridian Note 00104: Viridian Wine-Tasting
Key concepts: green energy, Fetzer wines, oenophile
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As you know, we Viridians are determined to solicit honest, design-centered assessments of today's cutting- edge Green products.
Let's be perfectly frank about this: excellent environmental policies don't make your product taste any better.
Since the Fetzer wineries recently expressed their intention to run their enterprises on 100% renewable power, we painstakingly purchased an extensive representative set of Fetzer's product. These modestly priced vintages put a suspiciously small dent in the Viridian party budget. We then assembled a testimonial panel of semi-willing guinea pigs. Critical highlights follow.
"Feels like a base for a spiked fruit punch."
Fetzer Sundial Chardonnay '98:
Johannisberg Riesling '97:
"Fruity, full-flavored, a great backseat teenage date
White Zinfandel '98:
"Evokes underage, broke teenagers on the beach. I can
almost taste the sand."
Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon '97:
"Chalk made out of skunk droppings." "I wouldn't drink it regularly, but if it came out of a restaurant carafe, I wouldn't be that unhappy." "This vintage is a long way from coming into its own, not that I'm anxiously waiting."
But the all around consumer winner was, without question, the Fetzer '97 Merlot. It was widely accepted, if somewhat grudgingly. Perhaps the most sincere compliment is that this was the only Fetzer bottle found empty next morning. The rest had to be cermoniously decanted down the Viridian Vatican's kitchen sink.
Eagle Park Merlot '97:
"Comparable to any analogous Texas vintage."
"Keep trying! Not any worse than wine from environmental offenders!"
"Woody. Mouth-filling. Has some character. Either this is pretty potable, or it's getting drunk outside."
IN VINO VERITAS
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