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In 1993, a little thing like the North American Free Trade Agreement seemed like a great historical event to commemorate with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle of Chardonnay. But a year later, the Sonoita area vineyard was the center of a firestorm as unions boycotted their wines.

That’s the trouble with choosing particularly political news events as the names for your wines, they’re polarizing and some people won’t appreciate it.

Some winemakers today still haven’t learned that lesson. Lieb Family Cellars released a 9/11 memorial wine in time for the event’s ten year reunion. Many think it’s in bad taste. Even while a portion of the sales will help victims, many, including Anthony Bourdain, came out against the wine publicly.

 

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  • Snooth User: lakenvelder
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    I have glanced at the chocolate flavored wines but it just does not seem right but I have had chocolate flavored beer that was ok. I used to be into wine coolers but really think they are for young adults just starting to enjoy wine and that was the age I was went I drank them. The 9-11 theme wine just makes me not want to buy any of the wine from that winery.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM


  • This piece was compelling right up until "We haven’t tried the Champagne ourselves but we get the feeling this is a bit of a gimmick." Now it just comes off as self-righteous denigration. Wine culture is already stuffy and pretentious enough; do we really need people writing negative reviews of products they refuse to try?

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM


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