Â©Copyright 2010 Bill Marsano
The upcoming royal wedding not enough to take your mind off the economy? Maybe you suspect it was a put-up job by Obama as a distraction? Maybe you just canâ€™t look because sheâ€™s wearing Diâ€™s old ring? (Is that some kind of warning? Who thought of that?) Never mindâ€”sale prices work every time.
And just in time, too, Clos LaChance Winery of San Mar-tin, Cal. is unloading its Cabernets at fire-sale prices. Quantities are limited, or so they say. In fact, thatâ€™s what everybody says about every sale. On the other hand, at these prices the smart money wonâ€™t be dragging its feet. The Hummingbird Central Coast cabs are now on offer for $5 a bottle (72% off the $18 retail price), the Estate Cabernet is only $10 (70% off $35 retail) and the Special Select Series Cabernet is but $15 (60% off $40 retail). Such prices call for case purchases, and letâ€™s hope they represent generosity rather than desperation.
In any event they are guaranteed to delight the glad consumer; â€œMore!â€ was the encouraging if monosyl-labic response of Thirsty Reader, who notes that free with every bottle you get a lovely printâ€”suitable for framing, if you have especially small fingersâ€”of a hummingbird on the label. That turns out to be Not Strictly Accurate, which happens to be our friend Thirstyâ€™s middle name. The Special Select Cabernet has a skimpy little bit of a label with no ornithlogi-cal decoration on it at all. Well, you canâ€™t have eve-rything, can you? For example, state legislators suf-ficiently independent of the mighty and incredibly well financed Three-Tier Lobby to pass laws allow-ing direct-to-consumer sales. Citizens so blessed as to be living in the less backward states of our Re-public can order online (closlachance.com/wines) or by phone (408 686 1050).