Maybe we could propose a belated New Year’s resolution for the Ohio State University Alumni Association:
“We resolve that when we’ve got a golden opportunity to support Ohio and its residents, we won’t whiff on that golden opportunity.”
Why? Because of the association’s apparent snub of Ohio wines.
The alumni association published a full-page ad on page 60 of its Winter 2017 Ohio State Alumni Magazine touting “The Oval Collection.”
The “Oval Collection” consists of four wines for sale through online ordering (it was five, but one is sold out). The wines range in price from $17 to $50, and the alumni association proclaims they were “produced for Ohio State by some of Napa Valley’s best vintners.”
The juice doesn’t all come from Napa, though. It comes from Sonoma, California; Mendocino, California; and Oregon.
“Uncork a bottle of Ohio State excellence” the web site says. “What better way to celebrate your alma mater and its rich, celebrated heritage than by serving The Oval Collection to fellow alumni, family and friends?” the print ad says.
I don’t know – maybe by offering AT LEAST ONE BOTTLING that comes from Ohio-grown grapes or Ohio-produced wines, perhaps?
How cool would THAT have been?
We think it would have been pretty cool. Maybe even WAY cool. Because if you haven’t tasted a wine grown and produced in Ohio lately, well … you haven’t tasted an Ohio wine.
A missed opportunity, perhaps?