Posted by: Laurent | February 7, 2011

Best Wine for a PEPCO Moment

We recently asked our readership to tell us what the best wine for a PEPCO moment would be and why. Here are a few of the most interesting responses that we received:

Obviously the best wine for a Pepco moment is….

big, bombastic, lasts forever, hints of smoke and minerals…

needs time to breathe…

clearly a red…

disappointing today, but expected to improve over the next 5-10 years!


Menage a Trois red wine is best, because three makes more body heat than one. 😉



In my opinion, the best wine for a ‘PEPCO Moment’ would have to be a rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.  Its slight hint of oak gives the wine a toasty overtone, and toasty is definitely what you want to feel when the power goes off.  Given recent history, PEPCO should really stand for ‘People Enduring Painfully Cold Outages,’ and what better way to endure than with a magnificent glass of Cabernet, with its warm, spicy undertones.  As the legs of this brilliant wine gently coat the sides of the glass, one is reminded to go grab a coat, as the frigid, powerless night slumbers on.  Cabernet Sauvignon also ages well, which makes it a perfect wine to have on hand as a vital part of my CHILL (‘Cause Heat Is Likely Lost) emergency kit, and it pairs very well with all the comfort food (i.e., pizza) that we have delivered.  Oh, if only it were PEPCO ‘moments,’ that occur each winter and not days and days of dark, bone-chilling cold.  On second thought, maybe I should store a case of Cab in my ‘CHILL’ kit, rather than a single bottle.  Salute!



I’ve weathered three major PEPCO outages in the last 12 months of durations ranging from 11 hours to 3 1/2 days.  Contrast this to having lived in 6 states over the last half century, suffered through blizzards with over 6 feet of snow, major earthquakes, and Category 5 hurricanes with but three outages in all of that time (and no outage from the blizzard), and I wish to submit the following as a PEPCO suitable wine:

Thinking of PEPCO I’m reminded of a gallon of Thunderbird in a beautiful but cracked cut crystal decanter.  Pretentious, very expensive, incredibly fragile. Tries to look fabulous but is ultimately unimpressive. Bright cheesy notes with overtones of smoke-filled back room deals, the stale dust of long-forgotten promises, and an aftertaste of deep rot and corruption. Even the smallest sip never fails to turn the stomach.



The best wine for a Pepco moment is definitely a deep dark red, like a cabernet sauvignon. Pour into a big saucepan, add 4 cups of apple cider, some honey, cinnamon sticks, fresh orange juice and zest, cloves and star anise, then light your gas stove with a match and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain your mulled wine into some big mugs and warm up by the fire. Perfect for the next thundersnow!



And the winner: Amarone

1) It is rich and warming. So, when the heat is out and you are lighting the Express in your trashcan to stay warm, at least Amarone heats from the inside.

2) It should only be drank slowly and contemplatively. Therefore, if the ‘moment’ turns into 4 days…. you don’t have to worry, no rush… you have Amarone.

3) Unlike Champagne, white wine, rose or some reds, Amarone is not served chilled, cool or at any other temperature rather than the temperature your house will be without power. Therefore, even hours after your wine fridge has gone warm, your ice bucket has melted and the only cold can be found in the snowbanks developing outside your window, Amarone keeps on rocking.

4) If you aren’t wasting money on silly utilities, you might as well spend your savings on something nice, something you might not normally drink. Amarone.

5) You dont have food in the fridge? Too cold to go get that carry-out? Amarone goes great with chocolate, cheese or just a glass.

6) No more excuses. If you aren’t already convinced, then you MUST not like Amarone. In which case, PEPCO outages is the least of your concerns! Just kidding there, but still, come on!



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