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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 hhotdog, May 14, 2010.

TerriW...omg that's a bit spooky!  love the lable on the "Educated Guess!!!

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Reply by TerriW, May 15, 2010.

Yes, spooky!  Shades of Sweeney Todd?  And "Educated Guess" sounds like a pretty good bargain for the price.  Too bad it stays in the States.  

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Reply by hhotdog, May 16, 2010.

TerriW... if you want more info. about eucated guess than check out this link:

http://thewinespies.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/2007-roots-run-deep-winery-educated-guess-carneros-pinot-noir/

some interesting stuff there!!

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Reply by hhotdog, May 16, 2010.

my state here has a place i got from google who sels eucate guess for $27 a bottle.

 

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Reply by TerriW, May 16, 2010.

I checked our Alberta Liquor Guide to no avail. EG is not currently in our province.

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Reply by hhotdog, May 17, 2010.

if i can help out let me know TerriW.  shippng to canada...hmm...?  maybe theres a way around the nonsense?

 

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Reply by Tisalynn, Jul 21, 2010.

Best:

K Vintners, specializing in syrah varietals......wait for it......

K Syrah

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Reply by scharron, Jul 23, 2010.

Stella Bella Wines has some interesting offerings:

SuckFizzle

Scuttlebutt

http://www.stellabella.com.au/

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 4, 2010.

Some label photos of previously mentioned names, a few more critters, but HOW DID I MISS Le Vin de Merde??

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 4, 2010.

How about

Bonking Frog!

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Reply by lingprof, Aug 4, 2010.

Okay, in an attempt to class up the thread a little, here are some that I have always loved and nobody has mentioned in the "best" category:

1) anything Far Niente ("do nothing...")

2) Owen Roe's "Sinister Hand" complete with illustration of bloody hand and brief explanation of legend.

3) anything named after the vineyard dog: e.g. PETS Petite Sirah, named for "Tanker" (part of proceeds to SF SPCA) or "Midlife Crisis [good in itself] Roo Boy Red" (now unfortunately defunct!).  Then there is a whole line of wines with images of the "Vicktory Dogs" saved from evil football player and rehabilitated by Best Friends animal rescue.  Again with profits going to help charity.  Oh!  Also Rosenblum's "Chateau le Paws, Cote du Boan Rhone."

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 4, 2010.

The last I'd toss into the 'worst' category... ;-)

And isn't it spelled 'Cote de Bone Roan', with some generic castle image with a dogbone below it?

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 4, 2010.

Oh yeah, and doesn't it throw in zinfandel with the more usual carignan, syrah and mourvedre?

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 4, 2010.

Sorry, 'Cote du Bone Roan'..

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Reply by lingprof, Aug 4, 2010.

@dmcker:  Ok, first of all, I'm a linguist, so if I say that it's spelled "boan" then that's the correct spelling, no matter what's on the damn label. ;-)

Secondly, having had said blend, I have to say it really isn't bad.  Not something to knock your socks off.  But in the low priced category, it really, imo, holds its own as an okay-to-good rather than dreadful wine.  Although I'm not savvy enough to say if it really could pass as a regular rhone blend.  And yes, it's got 12% zin in there.  Hey, do you want some poor rescue dog not to get a donation because you're a Rhone purist?  ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 5, 2010.

Hey, I have no problems with zin in blends, whether cab or syrah, as long as the stuff tastes good. I'd be happy to have it over here right now for BBQ rather than some of the crap that the markets Walmart bought out pander.

So do rescue dogs definitely get a bone from the 'boan'? ;-)

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