Remember when Nixon said “You won’t have Nixon to kick around any more”? Well, we bet Plata Wine Partners is bummed that Sarah Palin is not around at the moment. They jumped on the news and came out with half a dozen “Lipstick on a Pig” labels in September of 2008. They were so enthused about the prospects here, that they claimed trademark rights to this name. Plata certainly moved quickly; President-Elect Obama referred to lipstick on a pig (without pointing to or naming any person) on September 9, 2008, and Plata filed with TTB nine days later. Governor Sarah Palin may have opened the door to some of this ridicule with her famous or infamous joke about hockey moms and lipstick. But we hasten to note that Plata’s actual label does not make any direct visual or textual reference to Palin, and we further note that she looks better in lipstick than we do. The label does say: “The origin of ‘Lipstick on a Pig’ is a mystery. But it has captivated the public’s attention like few other phrases in recent history.”Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Who would’a thunk that men would appreciate booze adorned with naked women? Judging by TTB records, they do. The TTB database is overflowing with almost naked and sort of naked women in various states of cavorting. Once again, we challenge you to find the men in similarly varied states of undress. Lady Godiva Ale is made in England and Warwickshire explains that it is: “Blonde, Full Bodied, Goes Down Well.” This lady took her famous ride through the streets of nearby Coventry, England. Whereas the lady on the left had the noblest of reasons to prance around naked, we are not really sure about the lady on the right, except to say she is the nakedest lady evident in the database today.Continue Reading Leave a Comment
This beer defiantly celebrates the 2005 investigation and shut-down of the Lagunitas Brewing Company. After a two-month undercover investigation, the California ABC ordered the Petaluma, CA brewer to shut down for 20 days. The ABC found evidence of pot smoking on company premises. The label packs a lot of good writing, and a good story, onto a small label. Tony Magee, the company founder, and a former reggae musician, wrote the label:
We Brewed This Especially Bitter Ale In Remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre And in Celebration of Our 20-Day Suspension. … Whatever. We’re Still Here. … The extra large B. Franklin said it well that you can tell the strength of a society by the paucity of pages in its book of laws. Today we are all surrounded by … laws that make large and small criminals of us all.
Many thanks to Lance M. for bringing this label to our attention.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
For all those occasions when Cisco or Schlitz Malt Liquor is far too classy, may we heartily recommend this fine almond flavored wine? Even if this is not a big seller in the US, this page vaguely suggests that this winery makes a similar product for export.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