Sunday, August 31, 2008

WINE AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE



If we eventually discover the end of the Universe, I wonder what wine they will be drinking there?
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Universe said that the best drink ever invented was the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. As I have never tried a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster I can't compare with the best drinks I have ever had and as the drink was a kind of cocktail it doesn't count as wine.
The oldest recorded wine style is Commandaria, a sweet fortified wine from Cyprus. These 'nectar-o-the-gods' style wines have featured over the last couple of thousand years so it is not impossible that something similar could be found at the end of the universe.
The trouble with sweet fortified wines is that they are easy to drink but can end up giving you a powerful hangover not unlike that provided by the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, described by Douglas Adams as having an effect similar to having one's brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree. You don't need strong wines. Just a six pack then meet the maker.

THE CURMUDGEON said...

The best drink I ever had was Red Band export lager. I think the bastards have lost the recipe though because nothing Lion Breweries ever did later tasted as good. (They did buy Leopard Breweries who made that excellent Leopard Deluxe but the bastards discontinued it - probably lost that recipe too- idiots!)

St John said...

Curmy,I hope you don't mind me calling you that, try any thing from Emersons, Epic Pale Ale, Montieths Winter Ale, Reniasance Scotch Ale. Theres lots of good local beers these days.

THE CURMUDGEON said...

Curmy?
Oh well, I guess we share the same hairstyle.
I'll try the Renaissance Scotch - the others sound a bit poofy to me.