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Snooth User: dmcker

Best and worst names for wines and wineries

Original post by dmcker, Oct 30, 2009.

From another thread:
GregT: " Oh it makes my ears bleed. I need to go and drink a bottle of Sang de Cailloux"

Dmcker: "So what's the 'terroir' for the blood of stones? Great naming for a domaine. Too bad you can't really get away with that type of name in English. Guess we have to suffice with 'Big House' or 'Suckfizzle' or '10 Minutes by Tractor'."

GregT: "It is a great name isn't it? Those other names just don't have the same panache. Even worse - Fat Bastard? The Bitch grenache? That should be a thread - names of wines. I happen to like the Two Hands names - Angel's Share, Bad Impersonator, etc."


OK, so here's a thread on the worst and best names we've encountered for wines and wineries. To make it easier, names of beers and liquor, and photos of the worst labels, will also be accepted...

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Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 13, 2010.

I had a "Cupcake" Vineyards Cab Sauv on the weekend.  Didn't pay for it though (tasting). What else.. uhmm

1 vote for "Little Black Dress".

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 13, 2010.

dmcker -

"--Tall Poppy Wines (Oz, maybe even the movie version--wonder if you nod off after drinking)"

I guess that this name is probably from this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tall_poppy_syndrome

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 13, 2010.

Scary wine... or do they just mean they're the great levelers, since their wine is so hot? Somehow 'sleepin' in the tall poppies' sounds nicer than lopping the heads off all the more capable sorts...

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 13, 2010.

Or they're identifying themselves as being one of the tall poppies (ie, the more capable sorts).

More realistically, it seems to have become such a cliché in Australia that I guess they're probably just using the name because they think it sounds good.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 13, 2010.

A local grower here in the Russian River Valley has a label called Stu Pedasso.

No, really.

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Reply by book cellar, Apr 16, 2010.

Some of my favorites include Bitch.  This is actually a fun red to give to your best girfriends, from other girlfriends, NOT our men =) !!!

Another one I think is pretty neat is from a local winery in Anamosa Iowa, Daley Creek Winery, called Penitentiary Red (aka Pen Red).  There is a State Pen in Anamosa.

 

I also like the Broke Ass (I think this is a midwest thing)

And one every mother can relate too,

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Reply by TerriW, May 10, 2010.

I rather enjoy the Therapy Vineyard monikers - Freudian Sip, Pink Freud and SuperEgo.

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Reply by outthere, May 10, 2010.

One that brings back memories came from Russian River Vineyards back when Topolos was bottled there. "Stu Pedasso" had chardonnay and a zinfandel

 

Also from the now defunct Roshambo Winery whose label I always liked:

 

Then on the beer side we have a Calif. favorite:

And my oldest memory of a micro brew. Probably the oldest microbrewery in California.

 

This one wasn't very tasty but heck, it was from Hawaii:

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Reply by TerriW, May 11, 2010.

I like the Stu Pedasso.  I was being lazy so here are the pictures for the Therapy wines. The other labels have inkblots on them so amusing too.

 

 

 

 

 


And and fun beer label.

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Reply by madmanny, May 11, 2010.

The Cab that you must have with your next steak is "Slaughterhouse Cellars" from Rutherford.  Great classic Rutherford Cab - should be on every steakhouse wine list. Got its name from the slaugherhouse that used to be on the property (now converted into a wine cellar) when Napa was way more into cattle ranching than wine making. 

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Reply by TerriW, May 11, 2010.

Love the name. Cabs accompanied by a blue rare steak are a necessity. And we have superlative steaks here in Alberta. I hope I can hunt this wine down in Calgary.

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Reply by Brad Borneaux, May 11, 2010.

@TerriW - Doesn't look like anyone imports Slaughterhouse Cellars in Alberta.  You can track down all imports into the province via:

http://www.alberta-liquor-guide.com/

Just click on CATALOG on the site and you can find the wine, which distributor imports it, and where it can be found (restaurant, liquor retailer, etc).

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Reply by TerriW, May 11, 2010.

Thanks Brad.  I looked on the Snooth site and found the same sad information.  And I have been on the Alberta Liquor Guide site numerous times before. Thanks. I guess I will just have to take a trip to Napa.

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Reply by Brad Borneaux, May 11, 2010.

Ah, that's good.  I'm amazed how many Albertans don't know about the site.  Not such a big deal for regular liquor, but for locating Wine it's a huge asset.

Next time I'm headed to California, I want to tow a trailer full of wine back with me!

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Reply by TerriW, May 11, 2010.

I was using it originally to track down en Santé fruit wines. I am big into the organic and biodynamic wines if I can, and my palate runs from fruity to sweet to chewy to bold to dry to bubbly. And it is nice to honour our big booming 3 winery/meaderies in Alberta.

Did you get all your EOS wedding wine? 

And I have the trailer - a 4 horse angle if you promise to bring me some Rutherford Cab back. : )  

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Reply by dynowine, May 11, 2010.

Looked through a few pages and did not see a mention of this one, the Naked Winery in Hood River Oregon USA.   Kind of over-the-top, with labels on each bottle written in highly suggestive ways, enough so that some of the wines are banned in the neighboring state(s).

http://www.nakedwinery.com/index.php

This is a marketing machine mostly, I think the juice comes from area producers and in some cases may simply be their wine with a Nakel label on it.

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Reply by hhotdog, May 13, 2010.

Cherry Pie Huckleberry Snodgrass Pinot Noir 2007...i hear it's actually pretty god!?


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Reply by hhotdog, May 13, 2010.

Cherry Pie Huckleberry Snodgrass Pinot Noir 2007...i hear it's pretty good!!!

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Reply by TerriW, May 14, 2010.

Yikes.  Snodgrass is the name of a funeral home in my parents home town. I do not even want to think about it.

But you made me look and I came upon this rather fun label.  And as I am a bit of a science geek...

Educated Guess from Roots Run Deep Winery

 

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Reply by vinocamino, May 14, 2010.
Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 4, 2009.

Best:
5) Anything Sine Qua Non

Couldn´t resist as I have this sitting on a shelf 50 cm´s from my face!

http://www.vinocamino.com/es/bibviapunt.html
In Cornwall there is a cider called Old Cock, much fun to be had with that,  the inuendos are literally endless.


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