October 2009

Witty Wine Labels

Author: Krissy Cantelupe

With CH2 devoting this month to comedy, I was asked to seek out some of the wittiest wine labels around. There were so many, the choice was difficult. I have attempted to include wines that can be found in your local wine shops and favorite restaurants so they would be easy to seek out.

One of the top selling wines with a funny label is FAT Bastard. The name originated when Guy Anderson was visiting French winemaker, Thierry Boudinard. They had planned on a new brand but had not decided on a name. When tasting through quite a few different wines, Thierry commented on a Chardonnay, “Taste zis fat bastard.” Thus, Thierry and Guy’s FAT bastard was born, only to become a worldwide hit.

Another very funny label comes from the Michael-David family of wines. The two brothers are creators of 7 Deadly Zins, but there is one wine in the line-up with a label that alludes to many inside jokes and innuendos. The red wine, Petite Petit, is a combination of two varietals, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Michael was in town for Hilton Head Winefest, and when asked about the two elephants on the label, he said his graphics department dreamed them up and to make your own guess about what it all means. You can see a bottle of 7 Deadly Zins in the far left corner. And check out the cuckoo clock…

I have also seen some labels that really appeal to the ladies. A Pinot Grigio from Italy with the tag-line “You deserve a break, take a mommy’s time out,” makes the perfect gift for that new mother or grandmother. An Australian Grenache known as Bitch is also extremely popular. The Bitch has a bright pink label and the wine has a lot of smoke, cherry and rhubarb flavor, delicious with all those fun appetizers when the girls get together. Girls’ night also is a great night to get a bottle of Little Black Dress. The Little Black Dress line of wines, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are perfect for that girls’ night at home or a “Little Black Dress” night on the town. The wines have been featured at many top Hollywood and fashion events. For more details, check out their Web site, littleblackdresswines.com.

Finally, how could I not comment on the fact that October is the month of Halloween, which brings me to a wine label from Big Wine Productions called Big Red Monster. This “big” wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah, three very hearty varietals. The vintage-looking torn label features a 1950s-style movie poster, complete with monster and scared girl—great for Halloween parties.

This is just a smattering of all the fun and witty wine labels you can find. I recommend searching the Web and your local wine shops and bars for that label that tickles your fancy.

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