OMG. McDonalds Has Wine on the Menu in South America
Never thought we'd ever, ever say this, but McDonalds serves wine...good wine. Don't rush out to the drive-thru just yet, however; the bottle is only available as part of a value meal in the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza.
Billed as the "Sabores Mendocinos" menu, the meal includes a double-patty burger of Angus beef, two meat empanadas, and a 187mL (glass!) bottle of local Malbec produced by Bodega Santa Julia. Want to sample it? "Sabores Mendocinos" will cost you 47.00 Argentinean pesos, or $10.80 USD.
It's definitely not the most expensive McDonalds item we've ever seenthe $17 "1955 burger" meal of Norway holds that honorbut it definitely ranks up there in both priciness and weirdness.
So, what does it taste like? We did the dirty work of drinking the McDonalds wine to find out...
The bottle describes the vintage as "an intense, balanced wine with aromas of red fruits and spices." We'd say they're right about the intensity, but somewhat wrong about the spices. It's very fruity, sure, but we're just not getting an hints of spice or wood or smoke or anything other than berries. If we had to use one word to describe it, we'd go with "drinkable," maybe too drinkable, considering you're supposed to use it to wash down fast food. McDonalds did give us a cup of sparkling water without asking, though; so that's something.
Maybe we'll just have to keep on drinking this Malbec to further delve into the intricacies of the wine...hmmm?
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]