Remember the Endangered Species Menu at THE ENDANGERED SPECIES RESTAURANT in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? I forgot to mention the Wine List. Shameful. Because in many ways it is the restaurant’s greatest attraction. For wine connoiseurs with cultish tastes, the list is short but choice:
1. Genoa Blood Red Chianti, 2001 — Fullbodied, curious coagulants, redolent of teargas and buckshot
2. Quebec Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001 — Furious palette cleanser, olde-world aura, secretive and cryptic aftertaste
3. Bohemian Sekt, 2000 — A sparkling white, haunting effervescent allure w/ traces of burning tires and a barely discernible rumble of paramilitary operations
4. Seattle ‘Johannesburg’ Riesling, 1999 — All-satisfying Rhineland bouquet, excellent w/ irradiated salmon and poached triple-yolk eggs on a bed of synthesized lettuce
5. Sarajevo Modoc Surprise, 1999 — A rare blend of Albanian and Montenegran grapes, handpicked by Croatian virgins, brutally squeezed by Serbian police
officers, unusually sweaty aroma, best served late at night (House Wine)
As the restaurant staff says, à votre santé.