When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine hits the airwaves and TV screens for his daily coronavirus update, it’s 2 o’clock everywhere.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of bars, restaurants and clubs while Ohioans are encouraged to use social distancing. Leave it to the innovative wine drinkers all over the Buckeye State who are making the most of the situation. “Wine With DeWine” has become a social media sipping sensation.
Wine With DeWine is a drinking game made up by a guy named McNeil whose Twitter handle is @Reflog_18. In his version of the game, participants take a drink of wine each time the governor mentions any one of a litany of phrases such as “shelter in place” or “shop local.” With these rules, we’d have everyone wasting away from Garrettsville to Reminderville and Louisville to Hartville. Although McNeil’s idea is nothing short of genius, my version would be a bit more sophisticated.
Cline Family Cellars is the wine I would suggest for this occasion. It’s still a catchy name. Cline with DeWine. I like it!
Cline has an affordable $14.99 bottle of chardonnay for white wine lovers, and a $14.99 pinot noir for those of you who prefer red.
Both are extremely easy drinking. Way too good to pound down with the governor at the podium. This wine is meant to be savored. How about this … #nopodiumpounders?
The tropical aromas of the chardonnay are uplifting. We can all use a bit of that right now. I was nibbling on my fingers in anticipation of what the governor would say in his 2 o’clock presser. The better pairing was a $9.95 carryout order of cheese and potato pierogies from Beau’s Grille in Fairlawn. Some awesome comfort food to pair with my chardonnay.
Cline pinot noir is another one of those wines that drinks much higher than the sticker price. It’s super smooth and pairs extremely well with Bellavitano cheese and chicken fajitas. It has fantastic raspberry flavors that are usually found in pinot noir, but treats you to hints of dark chocolate nuances on the finish.
For those of you who saw the internet hoax that Gov. DeWine closed all liquor stores, you can pick yourself off the floor because it is not true. Would a guy with wine in his name really do that?
Buy both of these wines at Market District in Cuyahoga Falls and Green; Giant Eagle on Kent Road, Norton Road, Howe Avenue and Wadsworth; Acme No. 1, Acme Hudson, 101 Bottles of Beer in Kent and Home Buys in Canton.