Thursday, July 17, 2008

Animal-themed wine

Following this observation that wine tastes about the same no matter what the price, I have conserved my meager grad student budget by purchasing the cheapest of cheap wines: box o' wine. I try out a new box 'o wine each time. This time I ventured away from the Canadian section into the international section, and found myself strangely compelled to purchase "Frisky Zebras," made in South Africa.

On my way out of the store I noticed another display, this one for a wine called "Funky Llama."

Who would name their wine after a large, smelly, obstinate mammal? And why? I guess that in my case, it made the sale, so that is a good motivation. I'll have to get the llama wine next time, though it is more expensive since it comes in a bottle, not a box.

Have you seen other mammal-named wines? Reptile? Bird? Insect?

This post's theme word: marua, "a fermented liquor made from finger millet."


masha51 said...

Last summer we tried a Ladybug Red.
Right here in the Finger Lakes, we've got Red Newt and the sweet all-purpose Lucas Butterfly.
And there's always the Australian Yellow Tail
These are, however, sold in bottles....

On hand, we have the HRM Rex Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster 2005 Pinot Grigio (read about it here: -- I bought it because of the rooster, will put it in the fridge to chill immediately, pending your visit -- as well as a bottle of the oddly named Il Bastardo, complete with an endearing illustration of same bastard. I am saving that for a worthy occasion.
Googling "animal label wine" shows that you are not the first to note this phenomenon....

Andrea said...

when we were in vermont last week, we drove past a farm field full of llamas. Alexander's face just lit right up.