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Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:58 am

Gato rojo … or ojo rojo?

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:58 am

In my monthly e-mail alumni newsletter from Davidson, I recently learned that …

The Wine is Coming! The Wine is Coming! A tasty blend of merlot and cabernet franc bottled exclusively for Davidson College called Gato Rojo will soon be available. The award-winning Round Peak Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina is our vintner.

Now I realize that all Davidson is doing is underwriting the labeling for a wine that Round Peak would be marketing anyway under a different name. The college did not, in other words, commission its own wine. Still, Merlot and cab franc are two of my favorite grapes, so I e-mailed the N&R’s wine columnist, Ed Williams, to alert him to this development. Here’s what he had to say about it (and I probably should point out that Ed went to Carolina):

It’s well suited for Davidson alums.

The grapes were harvested early, still green and about 2,000 pounds of beet juice was added to get sugar levels up and some measure of red coloring to camouflage all the leaves, sticks, and field mice that got ground into the blend.

Then the batch was strained through used coffee filters and allowed to ferment in an old concrete mixer in the blazing sun for about two days.

The bottles may or may not have been pressure cleaned before the wine was bottled.

“May or may not,” huh? Well, I like to live dangerously, so I’m gonna get me some o’ dat.


  1. mmmmmm, field mice!

    I’ll never forget going to crush in Napa and Sonoma and watching this huge truckload of grapes being tossed onto a conveyor belt to get sent into the crusher. And the amazingly large caterpillars crawling all over the grapes. Every time I have a St. Supery wine, all I can think it “Hey! I think I can taste some caterpillar in there.”

    Comment by liz — Thursday, November 9, 2006 9:15 am @ 9:15 am

  2. that’s hilarious

    Comment by DrFrankLives — Friday, November 10, 2006 12:05 pm @ 12:05 pm

  3. To be on the safe side, I’d suggest the small-batch, handmades wines from the beautiful hillsides of Burgundy. No self-interest here at all, only concern for my fellow wine-drinkers…

    Comment by Blair — Saturday, November 11, 2006 12:09 pm @ 12:09 pm

  4. Of course you would, Mr. My-Wine-Retails-for-$145-per-Bottle-When-You-Can-Even-Find-It. :-)

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, November 11, 2006 7:05 pm @ 7:05 pm

  5. Lex, you slay me. When you alerted me to this “Davidson” wine, I somehow – in my zeal to offer a rip-off ‘Sideways’ critique and diss you and your alma mater – overlooked the fact that Round Peak was making the wine.

    So, for the record, in case George Little and Lee Martin – both proud Davidson alums of ’64 – see this and misconstrue my usual ragging on you, let me just this about that.

    Every word uttered, field mice included, is fiction. What’s not is this:
    Round Peak makes some damn fine wines. I particularly recommend their Sangiovese.

    Comment by ed williams — Saturday, December 30, 2006 8:10 pm @ 8:10 pm

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