Uncle Sal entered the wine cellar of his friend Brit Blessington and removed his Levi's trucker cap. "Heckuva setup ya got here. I never seen so much wine outside of a restaurant."
"I've been collecting for years. It's a labor of love. Here, try this." Brit opened a bottle of pinot noir and gave Uncle Sal the cork to smell. He then poured a splash into a glass and handed it to Uncle Sal.
Uncle Sal smelled the wine because he knew that's what he was supposed to do, but he didn't know exactly what he was supposed to smell. He sipped it and said, "That's pretty good. Smooth."
"That's from Slovakia."
The host led Uncle Sal through rows of bottles of reds, whites, and some wines that Uncle Sal had never heard of and couldn't pronounce. Finally, they came to a cask marked with three big black Xs.
"What's that one? Is that the strongest one in your collection?"
"No, that's for a very special customer. You know Nigel Colcroft?"
"Colcroft? Isn't he the guy that got sent away for embezzlement?"
"Exactly. And what do you think is the thing prisoners request most often, especially in a white collar prison? Aside from a willing female partner." Without waiting for Uncle Sal, he said, "Alcohol. These guys have been put away and they never get any alcohol to drink. So Nigel and I came up with a plan. Whatever is left at the end of a bottle, I pour it in here. When this is full, I get the wine to the prison. He sells this stuff to the other guys in the prison for whatever currency they use. He of course will pay me when he gets out in a couple years."
"You mean to tell me this guy is selling leftover wine to prisoners?"
"Absolutely. They don't care as long as it's alcoholic. It's the best they're going to get until they're out."
"Pretty clever. Who would have ever thought you could make a business just by putting all your dregs in one cask, Britt."
This episode featured:
Ed Riesling as Uncle Sal
Heinrich Gewurtztraminer as Brit Blessington
Jellybean Merengue as the cork.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "We ain't heroes. We're businessmen."