Last Friday, March 5, I ran a post on pretty, and strange, labels. (http://evewine101.blogspot.com/2010/03/eves-wine-101ers-wine-labels-or-whats.html) It got a few comments here but also on Facebook. Both were eye-openers I wanted to share:
Jon: Check out Cardinal Zin and see if that doesn’t catch your eye!
Mark: San Liege’s The Pickpocket and The Offering. Herman Story’s On the Road. Next is Armida’s Poizin Reserve, complete with its wooden coffin.
Tamara: Bridlewood Viognier–anything horse related.
Erin: I first bought a bottle of J Brut when my best friend Julie turned 21. The bottle had such an artistic flair to it. A dark green bottle with a simple yellow stroke painted J on it. Clean, contemporary and unforgettable. Not only was it pretty, but it was unlike anything I had ever tried. I was hooked! That was 14 years ago and I have been a fan ever since. They went to a normal wine label in 2008, but their Bruts forever remain with that trademark logo.
Susan: Some wines I have tried because of the label, Three Blind Moose, Reflections, Truth, just to name a few.
Linda: Cost Plus World Market always has a great variety of funky label wines.
Robert: Image is everything.
Diane: Bitch wine is great for “girl’s nights.” What about the gift basket Vino100 had with Evil and Bitch wines side by side? Or Vampire wine at Halloween? I agree with Linda, a nice label is a must on a gift wine. Unless, of course, you know the wine is fantastic, like Ecluse’s Ensemble Bordeaux blend – simple label. Sometimes less is more! Curious to try the Audigier wines in the Ed Hardy labels.
Kimberly: Yep, I’ve done it before…more than once. My old fave used to be from Trader Joe’s and had only an orange question mark on a black label. Who could resist?
Elizabeth: I am drawn to the unique labels, but I have never bought a wine without knowing a little about it, just based upon the wacky label. (I do like that big rooster on Rex Goliath).
JoAnn: Maybe…if it was made in Napa.
Phil: I’ve done it, but it wasn’t expensive.
Michelle: I have. I also paid 65.00 for a bottle of not so good vodka label “Tall Blonde”.
Susie: I do it all the time, especially IF it’s a gift for a certain occasion, OR has the persons name on it, etc. One time I got a great bottle with a boarding pass label, I never could find more and would like a dozen of these for gifts!
John: I know my wife Denise did that years ago when living in PA. Only state stores with no tasting, access or info. All she could do was look at the label, so if it looked interesting, what the heck! It was a start.
Ann: Most of the wines I’ve bought because of the “label” have been awful or forgettable. There’s something to that saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”– but in this case…it’s opposite…don’t trick me into buying a horrible wine cause you slap a funky or pretty label on it.
Margaret: I have bought a couple of wines because of the shape of the bottle; does that count?
Roman: Yea, guilty as charged. I only buy good labels…
Uriel: OH Yes, Love labels! But learned my lesson years ago! XXOO