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On the Lighter Side
March Madness is upon us, and as the teams make their way to the finals, we Women of the Vine have some madness of our own in mind. The March 2006 event celebrates the most eccentric and outrageous of the winemaking community. These renegade winemakers appear to have little respect for the time honored traditions of wine production, let alone any sense about naming their concoctions. Here are some of the more curious ones we found:
Screw Kappa Napa
You just have to love a name like this one. The fact is Don Sebastiani & Sons does very good wine, despite irreverent names like Used Automobile Parts, Hey Mambo and Plungerhead. They were named 2005 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and their wines are frequently rated quite highly by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.
This wine is marketed as the “wine to die for,” which goes along perfectly with its skull and crossbones label and coffin-shaped box. For a laugh, check out this letter to the producer, Armida Winery, from an alleged and unfortunate consumer.
According to their website, Cline Cellars makes popular blended wines. At least they keep things simple... you can purchase either the red or the white.
Love My Goat
This quaffer is produced by Bully Hill Vineyards. I’m extremely happy to report that it tasted nothing like a goat.
Rock, Paper, Scissor
Produced by Roshambo Winery, this wine boasts a following of wine drinkers and ten year olds alike. The winery hosts an annual Southwest Pro-Am Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship. Seriously, there’s even a $1,700 purse up for grabs!