I agonized over what to write this morning, the day after the U.S. Presidential Election. I didn’t want to turn this blog into my own personal political soapbox. But I know some of my followers were dying to know – what kind of wine goes with Election Night?
Well, wonder no more – Conundrum red blend was the choice of the evening because, well, it’s complicated. I don’t even have to spend time explaining what has been a long, difficult campaign for both candidates. A sharply divided electorate with disenfranchised voters resulted in a sea change that few were able to predict. But no matter what your political views are, many can agree that Election Night is a big deal. It’s a chance to watch democracy in action and be reminded of how our country governs itself.
It also can be a train wreck to watch. Last night, I stayed up until after 1 a.m. Those who know me know that’s late! I am normally in bed by 9:30 or 10 p.m.! Even though I turned in, I didn’t sleep well. My heart was pounding and I kept waking up to check the headlines. Finally, at 5:45 a.m. I woke up and headed in to work. I knew we would have reporters who would want expert commentary from our business professors on everything from the markets to the economy and more.
But I digress… back to the wine choice. Conundrum is a wonderful blend for when you just can’t make up your mind. Or for when you have made up your mind but you’re anxiously waiting to see if others shared the same conclusion. It’s easy drinking but complex enough to distract you from counting the available electoral votes. According to the winemaker, Charlie Wagner, Sr., “Conundrum was a bold experiment – today it’s still about doing things your own way and daring to explore.” I can’t think of a better accompaniment for exploring the future of our country.
For those of you who are looking for more guidance on how best to accompany your Election Night with alcohol, I leave you with the election night drinking guide from VinePair, because after all, it’s complicated.