Say it ain't so.
I apologize in advance to all you Hoosiers out there. Really, I do. But all I can say is that if you can't make quality wine in Indiana (come on, admit it, it's tough) then at least keep it real.
Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana is introducing -- and I quote -- "the World's ONLY artificially sweetened wine." It's called Slender because (wait for it...) it has "no sugar, no carbs, no fats, no aftertaste, no KIDDING".
What it does have is three "flavors", including red, rose, and blush, and a $9.99 price tag. According to INDYSTAR.COM the wine is now sweetened with a naturally occurring sugar alcohol whereas previous versions were sweetened with Splenda. The Chateau Thomas website, however, still sites Splenda as the key to this wine's sweetness.
Okay, okay, so they are supposedly going to donate 50 cents to the American Diabetes Association for every case sold. That's nice and everything but somehow I envision the wine (see accompanying picture) being sipped by rail thing, artificially enhanced women kvetching by the pool. Does one sit by the pool in Indiana? Does one Kvetch? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that I don't want anything to do with Slender (the wine, not the body type). ;)
If you want to get some of yours, visit Chateau Thomas and order it up. Let me know how it is, will you? Cheers!