A great many brands hint at it, but Frank-Lin has gone right to the heart of the matter, launching Sex in a Bottle. The Hula Girl is very direct and to the point, especially compared to something like Tease brand wine. Frank-Lin has about 11 variations of this distilled spirits specialty, approved over the past year. Sex in a Bottle (above) is “luscious peach” flavor, made with grain neutral spirits, rum and flavors. Bikini Bling has a pina colada-type flavor.Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Who is Ed Hardy and why is he on so many wine and spirits labels? His website says Ed Hardy is:
known as “the godfather of modern tattoo”, for his sophistication, depth and sense of experimentation. California native Don Ed Hardy is recognized around the world for his technical brilliance and mesmerizing imagery. Don Ed Hardy pulls from life experience to meld American, Japanese, Cholo, tattoo, surf and hotrod iconography. This broad spectrum of taste and experience, coupled with an ongoing investigation of various art histories and a mastery of technique, give his work a unique range and depth.
The colors on that site nearly melted the monitor. It turns out that tattoo art, on alcohol beverage packages, goes way back. Sailor Jerry Rum goes back at least a few decades. This article points out that Ed Hardy learned tattoo techniques from none other than the original Sailor Jerry.Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Most wines play up their fine pedigree. A few cut in the other direction and proclaim their normality. Pretense wine, bottled in Napa, does the latter with dramatic visual flair. The common paper bag looks surprisingly good and fresh here. Pas Mal Syrah is another example of this trend. It is a Santa Barbara County Syrah and “Pas Mal” is French for “not bad.” The back label unabashedly says “French critics agree, Pas Mal is not bad. ‘I would cook with this.’” Let us know of other unabashedly self-deprecating alcohol beverages.Continue Reading Leave a Comment
We don’t know much about Miranda Lambert, but we liked the looks of these labels. The graphic designer did a nice job of making them visually interesting, in our opinion. These Texas table wines would not be nearly as tantalizing without this impressive culmination of fonts, word choices, and graphics. This article says the singer is actively involved in running the winery, and it shows. She’s pretty busy for a 24 year old, with a winery and various Grammy Award nominations, and this e-commerce site for wines. She is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and performing on the CMA Awards in two days on ABC. On the technical side, the Kerosene COLA shows that TTB requires a bit more space around the Government Warning.Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Large is the number of alcohol beverages with a reputation for elegance and exclusivity polished to a fine sheen. An example is Armand de Brignac Champagne. But in a burst of contrarian marketing, The Grateful Palate is running full speed in the opposite direction. Stench and Filth are Australian sparkling wines, recently approved. They are part of a Punk Bubbles line of sparkling wines. The line also includes Cheated, Vacant (For Humans) and No Future. Should we look forward to the 2005 Sewage?Continue Reading Leave a Comment
This pretty much jumps off the screen (and the shelf?). This is from contributor Amber Fries, who said: “There are several ways this label can be construed, and none of them have much to do with the wine inside.” The wine is barely mentioned. If sex really sells, this may well prove it.Continue Reading Leave a Comment