Did we get your attention? C’mon, you can admit it . . . the title grabbed you and there was something inside of you that said, ‘hmmm, maybe it’s about fashion or something like that.’ In reality, it WAS designed to grab your attention. Headline writers have been doing it for years–some successfully and some, well, not so much. When you think of headlines that missed, the one that stands out in our mind was from the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948, “Dewey Defeats Truman”. Even if you’re not from that era, you didn’t pay attention in history class, or you’ve been living in a cave, this headline is one of the most iconic ‘goofs’ in recent journalistic history. BUT, think about the times, no satellite technology, no internet, no cell phones, no microwave transmission lines . . . nope, just a ticker and a ‘modern’ phone system that relied on people pulling cables from one board and switching them into another . . . yeah, “real hi-tech”.
Another one that got our attention was, “Passengers Safely Moved and Steamer Titanic Taken in Tow” According this headline, the entire movie Titanic is a complete lie. Who’d have thought it? The headline was published on April 15, 1912 in the Christian Science Monitor, which is a newspaper published in Massachusetts. This headline reports that all who were on the Titanic were rescued, and even the boat itself was still floating along the ocean, not under it. I guess this leaves way for more conspiracy theorists. In any case, the Titanic did sink, and around 1,500 people died.
One last one – – just to prove that it even happens in the ‘communications age’, “Kerry’s Choice: Dem picks Gephardt as VP candidate”Published on July 6, 2004 by the New York Post, readers were told that U.S. Presidential candidate John Kerry had picked Dick Gephardt as his running mate. This information was in fact incorrect. Kerry did not pick Gephardt, instead, he chose John Edwards to run with him.
How did we get sidetracked by headlines? Well, we got your attention with one, but now we’re going to change gears and talk about wine! Actually, tonight’s wine of choice is a 2010 Zinfandel called ‘Project Paso’! AHHH, now you get the connection!!! An interesting wine from a wine making family with deep roots in California vineyards. Don Sebastiani and Sons make a huge variety of wines for American markets. We loved this description, “With more then 30 years of experience tending to Zinfandel vines in Paso Robles, the Sebastiani family is proud to present a yummy red for the everyday that asks only that you enjoy drinking it. Share it with friends, family or keep it for yourself, Project Paso Zin is the pure definition of Tuesday night wine.” Well, darn, it’s Wednesday night, but we opened it anyway!
The nose is classic Zin – – spicy, fruity – – even bold, but when we poured the wine, it’s clearly a medium-to-light body wine . . . almost looking like a Pinot Noir. But, swirl your glass and take a good long sniff and you get pure Zinfandel. It’s got a nice peppery nose with oak-notes and a big berry scent. How could a wine that is so light in color and texture possibly deliver anything resembling a zinfandel aroma and taste? The Project got our attention! Yes, indeed, this one has all of the flavor you’d expect from a bigger Zin and it’s a fraction of the cost for some of the more “well-known” labels from the Paso Robles area. At less than $15 a bottle, you’re getting a good food wine (we had grilled salmon and roasted vegetables) or a nice after-work, sit-on-the-deck wine. Regardless, for a ‘mass produced’ wine, this one is a nice little addition to the blog family of wines.
Okay, so we weren’t forthcoming with tonight’s headline . . .sorry. But, we’re glad that we have your attention, because it IS Wednesday which means the middle of the week and we’re two days away from the weekend! So, enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible!