The Last Sipper: Wines for the End of the World

An end-of-the-world toast, and a reminder that mañana is another day.

Here it is, the day the world ends, and I’m still in my Julius the Monkey pajamas, feeling woefully behind schedule: A couple of piles of laundry, some reading to catch up on, and a vacation to plan. It looks like I have until 6 p.m. tonight to get everything organized before a giant earthquake finally does what several Hollywood blockbusters have promised to do for decades – decimate Los Angeles. Talk about pressure.

Since no End of the World is complete without a well-curated wine list, here are my top three “Last Sipper” picks between now and 6 p.m. Today’s cataclysmic forecast may cause ATM malfunctions, so I chose three wines that won’t break the bank. On second thought, I guess it doesn’t matter because we won’t be around for the next credit card billing cycle:

  1. St. Supery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

The first time I tasted St. Supery’s Savuignon Blanc was on a business trip to Napa Valley, where our group was given the option of playing golf or going wine tasting as a ‘team building’ activity. Talk about no-brainer. Today I’ll relish the heady aroma of grapefruit and passionfruit, with a lime citrus flavor that is not too acidic, while I wax nostalgic about wine tasting excursions past. The long and refreshing finish is perfect for a sultry afternoon lunch at a beachside bistro over a plate of fresh clams and house-made pasta. If the marine layer blows over, I may have time to squeeze this in.

  1. 2006 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo

Ah, Italia…(El Sexist Remark Alert): In addition to gorgeous men, this country produces gorgeous wines. Yellow straw in color, this wine from southern Italy has a lingering white peach aroma with traces of vanilla and pear. Pleasantly crisp in the mouth with mineral elements, the full-bodied finish complemented my last meal in Ravello – a baked whitefish paired with roasted zucchini tossed with mint, olive oil and garlic – a meal I shared with my gorgeous husband.

  1. 2006 Dolce (Far Niente) Late Harvest, Napa Valley

What better way to end the world than with a decadent dessert wine. It’s a little pricey, but hey, you’re worth it. If you’re searching for the nectar of the gods, this is it. Gloriously golden and intoxicatingly heady, it was love at first sip for me. It’s an apricot orgy in the mouth, with a rich honey taste that pairs beautifully with an aged Gorgonzola or a fluffy white cake confection with loads of buttercream frosting. Fattening? Absolutamente. Look at it this way – if the world ends tonight, you don’t have to hit the gym tomorrow morning.

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