Virginia tells them it's because they need to serve guests her special wine. And then - well, you know what happens. They all drank happily ever after, et cetera.
So this ad is a welcome change of pace, showing things from the guests' point of view. And honestly - what do you think? Are they actually enjoying drinking this stuff? It's really hard to tell:
It doesn't taste like port.
It doesn't taste like sherry.
It doesn't taste like burgundy.
Yeah, okay. Thanks to all the wine experts at the top of the ad. But what does it taste like? The debonair old guy with the enormous speech bubble tells them (and us, always us too) that Virginia's special hooch is "exciting to discover...different from any you've ever known."
According to the link source (an 1877 periodical) the Romans used to drink that. Also, there was a Victorian medicinal wine called Dr. Yates' Asparagus Wine. It was supposed to be good for the kidneys; in traditional medicine, asparagus is used as a diuretic so there you go. The things I find out when I'm writing posts never fail to amaze me.
Anyway, yes - Virginia Dare Wine. As in, I Virginia Dare you to figure out exactly what this stuff does taste like. We already have a pretty good idea of what it doesn't taste like. I guess as long as it doesn't have asparagus in it, your guests will be OK.
For more thrilling adventures with Virginia Dare (and no, I can't believe I've written about so many of these ads, either):
The Hidden Glasses Mystery
A Zesty After-Dinner Plot
The Accidental Wine Expert
Truth Or Virginia Dare
Bill and the Magic Bottle