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Name That Wine

November 20, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
It used to be the pretty labels that might attract me to a particular bottle.

I know – that's not the best way to judge a wine, but nevertheless, certain labels would convince me to buy.

But now, it seems it's all about the names.

Clean Slate. Running With Scissors. Little Black Dress. Herding Cats. Fat Cat. Fat Bastard. Vampire. Dracula. Red Truck. Guitar Red. Fish Eye. Carpe Diem. Attitude It goes on and on.

It makes gift-giving so much more fun. I took a "Little Black Dress" to a party in which the purchasing of women's clothing was the theme. I gave "Fat Cat" to my neighbors for watching my big cat, Diamond while I was out of town. I'm giving "Vampire" to a friend who is crazy about the "Twilight" series. I gave "Guitar" to a music-lover. A friend gave my husband, a former hairdresser, "Running With Scissors," as a gift.

Marilyn wines include an interesting selection — all with Marilyn Monroe on the label. Marilyn Merlot and Sauvignon Blonde are two of the offerings, suitable for your favorite Marilyn aficionado.

Boxhead. 3 Blind Moose. 2 Brothers. Big Tattoo Red. 14 Hands. Last Syrah. Goats Do Roam. Mad Housewife. Menage a Trois. The fun goes on and on.

Some wineries have fun with the Zinfandel wine. Seven Deadly Zins. Zynthesis Zinfandel. Zig Zag Zin. Cardinal Zin.

Then there is wine with a conscience. Cleavage Creek wines benefit breast cancer.

Some have a sense of humor. Smoking Loon's corks have "whoop, whoop, cough" printed on them. Then there's Woop Woop Shiraz, as long as we're wooping. And, how about Loose Cannon. (Overheard at recent dinner party: Drinking Smoking Loon may make you a Loose Cannon.")

Then there's "Hesketh the Protagonist" Shiraz. What? Here's a description from an online site: "Powerful, extracted and bold, there is no turning back, the ultra-rich '05 Hesketh The Protagonist is a Shiraz without any restraints; find a raw steak and enjoy this puppy." OK.

Barefoot Bubbly is my choice to take to the Jersey Shore for our New Year's celebration. The perfect choice.

And that's the thing about these crazy wines; there's always the perfect choice for some occasion!


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