Tonight Diane Sawyer introduced the Chinese method of wining: to pour a bit of Coca-Cola in a dry red wine. Sawyer explained the soda makes the taste more sugary, which seems to be preferable to the Chinese palate. Why not just get a sweet wine? Regardless, for the sake of science, I'll roll with it. I don't have any Coke, so I made do with what I had.
Diet Dr. Pepper + Viansa Sempre Avanti [from Sonoma County] = Dr. Avanti
The caffeine-alcohol combo is slightly remnant of the recently outlawed Four Lokos. Hyper, but with a buzz.
Sparkling Red Wine
Dr. Avanti - the aroma here is reminiscent of a cough drop. Sipping it, the carbonation is an unusual encounter in a heavier red wine. The cherry of the soda really overshadowed the flavors of the grapes; to be honest they combined to form a painful licorice flavor that vamped up my gag reflex. Swirled again, whiffed again, and just seemed like a nasty mix I would invent in college because I was broke with three different kinds of booze, a bottle of cream soda, and was painfully sober. In short, never again. Down the drain you go, far away from the hatch.
In other news, "Ugly Americans" just stole my pick up line. Five dollar footlong...