Because the Negress doesn’t often get to show her unalloyed brilliance at her day gig, she was pleased to offer the idea of a story on alternative wine packaging to the powers that be at Dying Media. They took her up on it so she got busy. Sort of. Not right away. Jonathan Reynolds, Lee Remick’s cousin, once said all writers could easily answer the question, “How are you not writing?” The Negress entertained her visiting sister, cursed the Greeks who are working on her Never Ending ceiling project, wondered why her commitment to baseball is waning and watched some of the Stanley Cup finals. Somewhere in the middle of all of this was a trip to the outskirts of Boston to eat herself senseless and celebrate a young man’s calling to the Torah. Good people and Chateau d’Yquem were involved. Also a Nobel Prize winner. And a visit by a college friend and her Mom.
Anyway, Game 3 of the Stanley Cup found the Negress cracking open the 2006 Bandit Pinot Grigio. The Bandit wines come in Tetra Paks and offer a full liter of wine goodness, plus less packaging and a lighter carbon footprint. The Pinot is lightly fruity and very drinkable but should not be served what I have come to call “American cold.” I popped that puppy after about 20 minutes in the fridge, and it was lovely. So was the Penguins victory.
Of course, more research was necessary so I drove down to my ancestral home of Washington DC to visit my cousin Leslie and her fiance, Chef Charley. There will be a family dinner this week and I brought some classier wine for that, but also additional Bandit boxes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Well, we drank the Bandits and some more wine after that. Our consensus was that the Cabernet was more structured and lightly tannic, which adds up to drinking immediately. The Merlot was youthful, fruity and, to this palate, wasn’t as impressive as the Cabernet. If you like immature, fruity reds, it’s a hit. The Chardonnay awaits my return to Jersey. More about that later unless I can find some other ways not to write.