When the battle is over what do Super Heroes’ and their Nemeses’ drink?
Let’s peek, shall we?
We don’t really know what comic book Super Heroes or Super Villains drink when they are not fighting. You know there has to be down time for these guys. They want to enjoy alcohol like we do; I mean they have feelings and taste buds too.
Spiderman, my favorite, probably drinks something light because he is young, has a blue-collar background, loves meat and Idaho potatoes and has a lot to learn about wine. If he even drinks my friends think a light beer, but I can’t do that to my hero. I am thinking a mediocre Merlot (even that’s hard). Even though he has battled bad guys like the Green Goblin and Doc Ock for years he hasn’t learned much about adult beverages.
One enemy, Norman Osborn, alias the Green Goblin, loves Scotch from the Island of Islay (eye-le), like Ardbeg (small headland) smoky and hard on the palette. He is super-wealthy, an alcoholic and insane; his wine of choice is Henri IV Cognac Grande Champagne at $2 million per diamond studded bottle.
You know Doc Ock has to love calamari so a Pinot Grigio, Albarino or a New Zealand Sauv Blanc will do in his down time. Like Doc Ock, the Sauv Blanc has high acidity.
It just wouldn’t be right not to talk about the Avengers since the movie is out. This is not the original Avengers but the current movie heroes.
Captain America, loves good old American made bourbon like Jack Daniels, his wine is going to be Zinfandel because it is considered indigenous to the U.S., even thought it is not. He is Captain America after all.
Ironman, which I have collected since #1, wait that ages me doesn’t it? Anyway, Tony Stark aka Ironman is a billionaire military industrialist.
His choice is the Nun’s Island Galway Distillery 25 year old Pure Pot Still Whisky at $194,000 per bottle. For a drinkable wine it is the Romanee-Conti at $24,000 per bottle. But when he has a free wheeling fun attitude it’s the 12-year-old Glenmorangie and a cigar.
Thor of course is going to favor Norwegian Aalborg Aquavit, like vodka it is distilled from potatoes and is very distinctive. Aquavit would be better distilled from Idaho potatoes but second best will do.
Hawkeye is going to naturally love rabbit. He is drinking a Pinot Noir, Volnay or Chianti even if the rabbit is raw. Yuk!
Since the Black Widow (Natasha Alianovna Romanova) was a Russian spy I was thinking Russian Vodka, but with all those arms maybe a wine blended with up to 13 grapes like a Chateauneuf-du-Pape (New House of the Pope) would do for her night out. She does have some refinement.
Loki the villain in this film is Norwegian and the half brother of Thor he is going to drink the Norse beer “Hesjeol” instead of Aquavit, (tradition though is taking shot of beer before the Aquavit); because he spends most his time in Hell and needs something cool. But in later years, he was reincarnated by Thor and as a young man lived in Paris, so for his wine a nice Meursault.
Their arch enemy, The Red Skull, though a nasty Nazi likes German wine, but he opts for Gruner Veltliner because he is cruel and loved to help crush the Austrians. Drinking Gruner was in an up yours moment for him.
The Corrupter likes anything he can corrupt or is corrupted, so his favorite wine is any wine that is corked, boiled or turning to acid.
I’ll bet you think I forgot about the Incredible Hulk. No Way. Lou Ferrigno the very first Hulk (1977-1982) likes Chardonnay. I know what your thinking, but his daughter Shanna and I are slowly changing him to Chenin Blanc, then Sauv blanc, then to reds, that is if he doesn’t kick my ass first. I know I can take him long distance; it’s in person I think I might be over matched. Ok, I am.
The Hulk’s choice of spirits though is Absinthe. Absinthe comes from the Latin Artemisia, which is from Artemis, the Greek God of the Hunt. It is high in alcohol and best of all it is naturally green, perfect for the Hulkster.
It is fun matching drinks to Heroes and Villains. I can already hear your wheels turning with different ideas for wine and spirits. Please share them. My next installment will include Superman, Batman, Fantastic Four and their enemies.