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WINE
Continued from Page 5B
within -Avalking distance of campus.
Meijer used to be the best place to buy
cheap wine, but unfortunately, three
months ago the chain stopped selling
Thunderbird and Night Train.
Nevertheless, the store still stocks some
of the finest flavors of Mad Dog, as well
as Boone's and Wild Irish Rose.
For the taste test, we gathered 1I dif-
ferent bottles of wine: five of Mad Dog
(Hawaiian Blue, Lightning Creek, Pink
Grapefyit, Red Grape Wine and Wild
Berry), two Boone's (Snow Creek Berry
and Strawberry Hill), two Wild Irish
Rose varieties (regular and White
Label), a bottle of Thunderbird and a
bottle of Night Train. Then we tasted*
Here's the findings:
Out of the 11 samples, Boone's Snow
Creek Berry was the best tasting of all
the samples, but to no surprise. The
lightly carbonated drink is only about
five percent alcohol, while many of the
other samples had more than three times
that amount. It was sweet, fruity and
fresh, and the taste of alcohol was
almost non-existent.
Boone's Strawberry Hill variety
ranked No. 2 on the list, weighing in at

7.5 percent alcohol. The alcohol was a
bit more prevalent and the wine had a
bit of a sharp taste - drinkable, yet not
as enjoyable as the Snow Creek Berry.
Again though, the relatively small
amount of alcohol almost nullifies
Boone's from the contest, and forces it
to stand alone in its own lightweight
wine category,
The Mad Dog flavors were the next
most successful in the taste test, with
the Pink Grapefruit flavor ranking No.
3, after the weaker Boone's. At 13.5
percent alcohol, Pink Grapefruit was
fairly smooth and had less of a church-
wine taste than the rest of the MD 20/20
flavors. It was tangy and not too sweet,
for a somewhat refreshing flavor.
Wild Berry Mad Dog (13.5 percent
alcohol) was the next best, but was quite
sweet and sharp and had a lasting after-
taste. Mad Dog's Red Grape Wine (18
percent alcohol) followed at No. 5, the
first drink to ever make me hurl. The
wine was quite sweet, a bit dry and very
grapey, but still drinkable. At No, 6 was
Lightning Creek (17 percent alcohol),
the clear variety of Mad Dog for all of
you who don't like artificial colors in
your food. The smell of rubbing alcohol
and a taste of watered-down alcohol
made this selection the turning point in
the tasting, and the wines went downhill

from here.
Next in line was the potent
Thunderbird- (18 percent alcohol) --
with "An American Classic" as the slo-
gan on the bottle. With its strong alco-
hol flavor, Thunderbird is strong at first
taste, but it doesn't linger on the palate
as much as some of the other selections,
mainly the Wild Irish Rose and the
Hawaiian Blue Mad Dog, which fol-
lowed Thunderbird for a No. 8 ranking.
With its 2,000 Flushes aqua blue color,
alcohol flavor and a hint of coconut,
Hawaiian Blue coats your system like a
good bathtub scum, with its only
redeeming quality being it's a pretty
color.
Wild Irish Rose Wine (18 percent)
ranked in at No. 9, with its red color,
hint of grape flavor and plain taste. Not
very tasty, to say the least. The infa-
mous Night Train (18 percent) pulled
into the station at No. 10, pushing a
train wreck for anyone who could top
of the entire bottle of wine. It had a
rather nasty, pungent and incarcerating
taste and side effects to back up its poor
reputation.
Coming in last was Wild Irish Rose's
White Label (18 percent alcohol), a
harsh, sharp and brutal wine without
any flavor whatsoever. The White Label
produced breath of fire, and left nothing
to be desired.
For all its worth, cheap wine still has
its virtues, even if it doesn't have a very
desirable taste. All but the Boone's
could probably get you drunk for less
than the price of the average beer at the
average bar. So if drunk's what you
want, and $3 is all you've got, a not-so-
good bottle of wine is all you need to
cure those sobriety blues. "All aboard!"
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