When you are out with friends and want to make them laugh, you might want to ask “Should we get a Pinot, Cabernet or maybe a nice bottle of Thunderbird or Wild Irish Rose?” This will surly elicit the polite knowing snickers of someone who has sipped from a hi-proof wine bottle in their youth. These wines have been around a long time and they will not be leaving the shelves anytime soon, much to the dismay of the fine wine crowd. The names are iconic and well-known to the entire vertical scale of American culture. The names include MD 20-20 and its many classic fluorescent manifestations starting with Banana Red, Electric Melon, Orange Jubilee, Peaches & Cream, Strawberry-Kiwi and Red, also equally notable are Richards Wild Irish Rose and Night Train Express but the granddaddy of them all is Thunderbird. I was very disappointed recently to learn that Boones Farm Strawberry Hill and the multitude of flavor choices it spawned was in fact a malt beverage!(Is nothing sacred these days). We laugh about these products but they are still here because they provide a steady and reliable revenue stream to their producers unlike the Fine Wine business that is at the mercy of harvest quality, the skill of the wine makers and the opinions of the critics. With that in mind may I suggest that it may be time to roll down the top of your paper bag, crack open the screw top and ENJOY!!!