Review: This was my second time inside of Chicago’s beautiful Opera House, but my first time attending an actual Opera. The first time, I went to see Bjork perform. This time, it was to see The Midsummer Marriage. I got dressed up a bit (as well as I know how, which may not be very), had a beautiful date on my arm and two free tickets in my pocket (damn, I’m
cheap thrifty), and I thought I would do as the Romans while in Rome (even though the Opera was sung in English and not Italian). So, I bought us a couple of glasses of $7 wine.
The restaurant I work at on the weekends serves this exact Rodney Strong Cabernet, so I know for a fact that a full bottle actually costs $19 retail. Less for organizations that buy at wholesale prices. I also know that a small wine glass, half full (as red wine should be served) is not worth $7.
Another thing I know about wine is that red wines should be served at room temperature, not chilled. Now, I grant the Lyric Opera, that it was a cold night outside and the doors to the lobby were opening and closing constantly, probably contributing to the wine temperature. Still, Cabernet served chilled tends to taste a lot like a dry chianti, and if you ask me, chianti should be used for cooking, not drinking.
This is a tough rating, because Rodney Strong makes great wines, but this experience was almost ruined by the presentation and price. Still, I managed to finish my glass and enjoy my first Opera despite it. The score for this wine would be higher, but I am actually reviewing this purchase. You have my word that the review will be updated when I drink Rodney Strong Cabernet again.
Rating: 2 / 5