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Oddest Wine Labels

Posted by Ivesreeves, Jul 26, 2013.

While perusing wines at a quaint boutique in Nova Scotia during a writing respite today, an interesting thought occurred to me. Unless I've overlooked it, there has not been a vibrant thread regarding odd wine labels on this platform heretofore. What are some of the oddest wine labels you've seen or currently have cellared away?  Which most belie the great wine within?  I'll begin by saying the folks at Peter Lehmann have always confounded me with their selection of actor Raymond Burr circa 1971 to serve as label icon of their outstanding wines. Runner up?  For me the labels on Tentenublo wines are simply terrifying...

 

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Reply by EMark, Jul 26, 2013.

Ives, I don't really have a nomination from any wines that I have personally had (we'll see if that changes in the next few days), but there was this conversation, here on the Forum, a few months ago regarding another Spanish Wine.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 26, 2013.

As opposed to scary, I found the labels on the PasoPort wines a bit more ... engaging.

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 26, 2013.

I saw this at a wine show... the winery reps said their label was banned in certain US states!

Cycles Gladiator wines out of Lodi, CA  (actually Acampo, CA)

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 26, 2013.

Here's another:  My husband actually tasted this and said it was OK (was at a local discounter).  WHY would anyone put this moniker on their wine????

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Reply by Ivesreeves, Jul 26, 2013.

Fun and very amusing posts, all!  Napagirl68, the label censors need only one sip of a Gladiator Cycles Merlot to change their mind.  I've always found Gladiator Merlot to be rich with vanilla notes and one of the more silkier wines one can get for under 15 dollars.

Keep the odd labels coming!

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Reply by EMark, Jul 27, 2013.

NG, I have to agree with your question on why.

Many semesters ago Mrs. EMark traveled to Napa Valley and toured a quite well-known Stag's Leap District winery.  One of the wines they were offering then, was called "Le Petit Faux Pas"--a limited release "rose" available only at the winery.  Apparenly, a winery intern was instructed to transfer wine from large fermenters to barrels.  You can probably guess what happened next.  The intern transferred two different wines--one red and one white--into some barrels.

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Reply by duncan 906, Jul 27, 2013.

Many decades ago Baron Rothschild used to get none other than the famous artist Pablo Picasso to design a new label each year for his Chateau Mouton Cadet Pauillac.These bottles are desired as much for the labels as the contents.I am afraid my limited budget has never run to one however

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Reply by JenniferT, Jul 27, 2013.

Kind of low brow, but Fubar2 is a favorite movie of mine. (It's Canadian made, and not much is...so no judging!). 

And now I will judge: Napagirl wins with that Cycles Gladiator label! I've got nothing to compare with that (for now, lol!)

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Reply by JenniferT, Jul 27, 2013.

Disclaimer: please don't go find fubar2 on my recommendation (if that's even possible), lol! I only like it because it's filmed in a part of Alberta that I'm fairly familiar with - you know, it's always more fun to see something shot at a place you've been. Also, it's mostly just a satirical play on oil patch culture. 

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Reply by Terence Pang, Jul 29, 2013.

 

Acid trips.. one from Italy, the other from CA.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 29, 2013.

Oh, good one, T. Pang!

Okay, I may have told this story elsewhere, but I was at a conference in LA with some colleagues.  Female friend of mine and I decide to catch a late dinner.  She's the only woman my wife has ever been jealous of, but there's nothing going on.  I am a good 15 years older and it would be laughable.  She's undeniably attractive, and rumors will fly no matter what you do. We go to an artisanal pizza place near Pershing Square/Downtown.  (EMark will probably know of it.)  We order some food, she's also got a female friend from LA with her.  I see a Barbera on the list, perfect pizza wine and she's a wine drinker, so we get a bottle.  And here's what comes to the table:

 

Yep, that's Barbera Da Vine right there.  Thing is, it's pretty darn good. But the tension was kind of thick after that.

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Reply by Diego Andrés Díaz, Jul 30, 2013.

Can wine be sexy? Hell yeah!!! 

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 1, 2013.

Terence Pang... LOVE those labels!  Do you know who the artist was? 

I went to the website... seems the Linnaea Rhizotomi (my fav label) is sourced from Howell Mtn.... but it must be a blend?  Because it designates Napa Valley on the label?  Maybe more widely known than Howell mtn, but heck, if I had made wine from Howell mtn fruit I'd write it all over the label!

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Reply by Terence Pang, Aug 2, 2013.

The label was apparently designed by MASH http://www.mashdesign.com.au/ but the specific link to this design is no longer available.

Any more info about Howell Mountain? Is this a region I should be on the look out for?

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 2, 2013.

Howell mtn is a sub region of Napa Valley, and very well respected.  Most wineries will list "napa Vally" but make sure to sub-head "howell mtn" on labels.

Yes, it is a region you should be on the lookout for... for cab sauv and cab franc primarily, but not exclusively.  It is small production area, for the most part.  Not usually distributed much.  Mostly boutique wineries.

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Reply by duncan 906, Aug 2, 2013.

This is a little 'last year' and it has been on this forum before but have a look at

 

www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/31619 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 2, 2013.

Here's the link again:

http://www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/31619

Remember that one from an earlier thread.  Didn't you actually win it, Dunc?

TPang, Howell Mountain is probably best known because of Randy Dunn's eponymous wines.  But there are others growing fruit and sourcing it for their wines.  Long lived wines. 

One thing that wine lovers should understand about Napa is that the sub-appellations make a difference.  Some run east to west, more or less, and can include hills and valley floor.  Somewhere on the forums, I posted a long rant about why grapes should not be grown on the floor of the valley.  There are some exceptions, but generally the soil is too wet, the temps too hot, and the grapes lack acidity and get absurdly sugar ripe, leading to high alcohol wines with a lack of age-worthiness.  Howell Mtn, Stags Leap, Spring Mountain, Diamond MOuntain, Mount Veeder and (coming soon!) Pritchard Hill sub AVAs are all hilly/mountainous.  No guarantee, but I find the wines from those areas more to my liking.  Rutherford can mean valley floor, rolling areas on the eastern edge like George III vineyard are better than those that border Rte. 29. 

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Reply by duncan 906, Aug 3, 2013.

That is a pic of the actual bottle I bought.I never got to taste it though as I gave it to my sister.I thought the label amusing although I doubt that Prince Harry thinks so


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