04/21/2006 - Labels
Just got a note from a blog reader that I thought I'd share.
I read your blog from Sunday April 16 and couldn't agree more. My girlfriend and I are new to wine tasting and I'd like to get her a couple of bottles for her birthday. The thing is she does kind of
Thanks for your email. It's always nice to know somebody's reading my blog.
Of the wines you mentioned, here's my comments:
Marilyn Merlot (I carry this wine) is $27 in my store, it is pretty good Merlot, but sold most often as a collector's item. You can find this on ebay and lower and much higher prices too. Mad Housewife - it's about $10 or so, and not bad. I carried it for a very short time. I carry the Pinot Noir that Hip Chicks makes, I think it is $12 in my store. It is a good pinot at a decent price, and it is hard to find any pinot in that price range. I have not seen Sideways Merlot. It might be fun to pair a fun label with a serious wine of the same kind. My favorite Merlot is Abacela from Roseburg, OR for $20.
A few thoughts on inexpensive wines with fun labels -- these I carry in the shop:
Wine by Joe - the pinot gris is very good, but the pinot blanc is excellent.
LoTengo - these are wines from Argentina with pictures of tango dancers on a holographic label. There is a red and white, malbec and torrentes, and the labels show the dancer's torsos on one bottle, their feet on the other. The malbec is excellent and the torrentes is a nice white wine. These are both $10.
Moselland Riesling in a see-through bottle - there are various scenes at the back. I have the lighthouse and castle. This is very good German Riesling, only slightly sweet, and while most people buy it for the bottle, it's a good wine. I think it is $13 in my shop. This bottle is so pretty lots of people keep it as a single bud vase or put a candle in it later.
Smashed Grapes - a pretty good California Cabernet for $10. Big fun letters on the label. This is a wine specifically marketed at 20-something age group.
Grateful Red -- I just picked up this really good table wine from Red Hawk Winery in Salem, OR. Great wine, great label, and just $10.
And if a beach theme might suit you, I now have a wine where the bottles were dipped in some sort of adhesive and are covered in SAND. A fun Spanish table wine for $8.
Hope this helps. I'd be happy to ship these to you -- just give me a call. And thanks for writing me!