Will Meinen | The Tattler
VERMILLION, S.D. — Susan Wright has been living in Napa Valley, California for the last three years. She moved to the wine region to gain first-hand knowledge of the industry while she studied for the Certified Sommelier Exam.
“I dread going home for the holidays,” said Ms. Wright. “Not because of the tension between my siblings, criticism of my single lifestyle and prospects of having children, or my grandmother’s flatulence. More important than all of that is the wine selection. My parents know what I want to do for a career, and yet they insist on pushing local product on me.”
Last Thanksgiving featured several local wines to accompany the flash fried turkey and classic trimmings. A red table wine, a white table wine, and a dessert wine all from Valiant Vineyards in Vermillion, South Dakota.
“They are all dessert wines,” said Wright. “All of them are obnoxiously sweet, lacking any nuance or character. They overpower the food rather than complement. The bottle actually labeled ‘dessert’ wine is like pie in a bottle.”
Ms. Wright was asked why she didn’t bring a few bottles with her from Napa, and maybe educate her family on the popular regional varietals.
“And play into the judgment of me as a west coast elite liberal with copies of ‘The Audacity of Hope’ in every room of my overpriced loft and a stack of IUD’s in my vagina to eliminate all possibility of having children? Not a chance.”