What I’m Drinking on Election Night



Eliseo Silva 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Eliseo Silva 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Swing states, senate seats, concession speeches…let’s get down to the real issue: what wine tastes best with a big serving of CNN election coverage and take out hamburgers? (Sadly, I am drinking at home rather than at Bene’s blowout election fest because I have work to do tonight.)


I’m going for an Eliseo Silva 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley ($12.99). The price is right, it comes with a good recommendation from the nice folks at Heights Chateau, and I’ve been having a big Cab craving lately.

The nose has some great cherry, dusty earth, and cinnamon notes with a slight green undercurrent. The wine isn’t going to rock your world, but it has some nice bright acidity and soft fruit — definitely an overperformer for 13 bucks.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that I’m swayed by what’s on the bottle rather than what’s in it. I’m a sucker for good American success story, and really what could be better than this:

“Arriving in Washington State from Mexico at the age of 14 and the second youngest of 20 children, Eliseo, through perseverance and diligence has risen to become the Vineyard Manager for the Tagaris Winery…[the vineyard’s] outstanding reputation is a direct result of Eliseo’s contributions and of others like him.”

Congrats, America — happy election night.


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