Late comedian Georgie Jessel said it for all misogynists when he threw caution to the wind and tweaked that other gender on a national talk show about a thousand years ago. Knowing that wine pairing is akin to high art in some circles, Jessel used the analogy to slam home his assessment of the female intellect: “I'd love to date women,” he warbled, “but I don't know anything about which wines they serve with peanut butter.”
In the abstract, Jessel was on to something. These days, those funmeisters over at the winery are putting their fare up against any cultural staple that seems remotely like a good fit, everything from popcorn to animal crackers. That's where Jessel's crack about peanut butter loses a lot of its oomph—because, indeed, a couple swigs of the 2005 Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages Burgundy beautifully balances out peanut butter's formidable side effects. This stuff is really, really grapey and really, really wet, cutting through the salt and oil that give peanut butter its staying power. Go ahead. Slather that glop over a salt cracker. This Burgundy can withstand any dry thing you can dish out, clearing your palate for the next round without complaint. Peanut butter may be a pedestrian commodity, but the same can't be said of this wine.
All you have to do to test the theory is visit any decent wine store (preferably during business hours), fork over $9.99 and sit back and marvel at this selection's grit. If Jessel had lived to try it, maybe he'd have copped a clue about the way to a woman's heart. And maybe there'd be one more comedy writer swelling the unemployment rolls.