EP 118 Wines With Funny And Unusual Labels

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Today in the spirit of Halloween Gary tries four wines that have unique labels. See if Gary thinks these four have more style over substance and if the labels mask the wine (wink wink). Happy Halloween everyone and Boo!

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  • http://lleichtman.org/ Lawrence Leichtman

    I have always avoided the cute labeled wines as marketing gimmicks without much wine to them so I have never tried them. Thanks for doing it for me Gary. You may have to try Fat Bastard etc. as well so I don’t have to. Loved the intro.
    Spent 28 years in a costume provided by Uncle Sam so can’t really remember any other.
    Question, you say you really respect Robert Parker but seem to disagree with him every time. Are there any wine writers who you agree with frequently?

  • http://lleichtman.org Lawrence Leichtman

    I have always avoided the cute labeled wines as marketing gimmicks without much wine to them so I have never tried them. Thanks for doing it for me Gary. You may have to try Fat Bastard etc. as well so I don’t have to. Loved the intro.
    Spent 28 years in a costume provided by Uncle Sam so can’t really remember any other.
    Question, you say you really respect Robert Parker but seem to disagree with him every time. Are there any wine writers who you agree with frequently?

  • TimF

    Gary – How about trying this wine on the show today: Aphillanthes Cotes Du Rhone Villages Les Galets 2001?

  • TimF

    Gary – How about trying this wine on the show today: Aphillanthes Cotes Du Rhone Villages Les Galets 2001?

  • Mets fan 13

    best opening ever!

  • Mets fan 13

    best opening ever!

  • Julius

    In addition to the WL spot in the NY Times, I think you should read Asimov’s article (on Jancis Robinson).

  • Julius

    In addition to the WL spot in the NY Times, I think you should read Asimov’s article (on Jancis Robinson).

  • http://blog.myspace.com/iamtheitalianstallion Italian Stallion

    Gary, I would also love for you to try twenty bench….I thought the wine was horrible, but I would love to see your take on it

  • http://blog.myspace.com/iamtheitalianstallion Italian Stallion

    Gary, I would also love for you to try twenty bench….I thought the wine was horrible, but I would love to see your take on it

  • Bruce S

    Gary,

    So did you have a Miss Elizabeth with you when you were the Macho Man? 😉

  • Bruce S

    Gary,

    So did you have a Miss Elizabeth with you when you were the Macho Man? 😉

  • http://www.hdhwine.com/ Tony S.

    Happy day after Halloween! Great intro. Best ever. My question for you is: I usually don’t watch these until the following day at lunch time, because I’m never around my computer at work, and at home, the LAST thing I want to do at home is sit in front of my computer. Anyway, if I’m watching these the day after, around noon, should I bother with a question like this or even commenting? I’m just curious when you stop reading the comments and start the next expisode of WLTV. Thanks.

    QOD: Actually, I think my favorite costume ever was 2 years ago as a 34 year old, I dressed up as Da Coach. You know…Ditka! I had the vintage 80’s Bears sweater over the shirt and tie, had the hair right, found the perfect moustache and glasses. And dressing up like Da Coach in Chicago, you get A LOT of respect. I seriously thought that I was Coach. It was a great night. And I had a LOT of cheap beer all night. Perfect.

    SEe you later,
    T
    GO BEARS!!!!

  • http://www.hdhwine.com Tony S.

    Happy day after Halloween! Great intro. Best ever. My question for you is: I usually don’t watch these until the following day at lunch time, because I’m never around my computer at work, and at home, the LAST thing I want to do at home is sit in front of my computer. Anyway, if I’m watching these the day after, around noon, should I bother with a question like this or even commenting? I’m just curious when you stop reading the comments and start the next expisode of WLTV. Thanks.

    QOD: Actually, I think my favorite costume ever was 2 years ago as a 34 year old, I dressed up as Da Coach. You know…Ditka! I had the vintage 80’s Bears sweater over the shirt and tie, had the hair right, found the perfect moustache and glasses. And dressing up like Da Coach in Chicago, you get A LOT of respect. I seriously thought that I was Coach. It was a great night. And I had a LOT of cheap beer all night. Perfect.

    SEe you later,
    T
    GO BEARS!!!!

  • JR Laz

    Really great intro, still smiling.

    GV, you looked a bit off your game today as the red wines disappointed — or was it me? Anyway, I really dug your episode on decanting, it makes me wonder why you don’t decant all your reds before tasting — or at least pour all the wines into their glasses a couple hours ahead? I recall reading that many wine ‘experts’, judges, etc. do this consistently to make sure the wines are given a real chance to open up. I’d have to imagine the aeration from a glass-pour is superior to just opening the bottles in advance — what do you think?

    Also – ever thought about occasionally adding a ‘mystery wine’ to the show? Would serve as a control sample for your palette, especially if you’ve tasted it before. I think many of us would find it interesting to see how you score wines blind from time to time.

    QOD – definitely Count Drac, cape, fangs and all, around 12 yrs old. Short, dark, dangerous and handsome, at least in my own mind.

  • JR Laz

    Really great intro, still smiling.

    GV, you looked a bit off your game today as the red wines disappointed — or was it me? Anyway, I really dug your episode on decanting, it makes me wonder why you don’t decant all your reds before tasting — or at least pour all the wines into their glasses a couple hours ahead? I recall reading that many wine ‘experts’, judges, etc. do this consistently to make sure the wines are given a real chance to open up. I’d have to imagine the aeration from a glass-pour is superior to just opening the bottles in advance — what do you think?

    Also – ever thought about occasionally adding a ‘mystery wine’ to the show? Would serve as a control sample for your palette, especially if you’ve tasted it before. I think many of us would find it interesting to see how you score wines blind from time to time.

    QOD – definitely Count Drac, cape, fangs and all, around 12 yrs old. Short, dark, dangerous and handsome, at least in my own mind.

  • Rafa From Mexico

    Grat episode, the opening was the best.

  • Rafa From Mexico

    Grat episode, the opening was the best.

  • JR Laz

    Ditto on the questions from Tony S. and Wildebeest.

    I think we can take one guess at WB’s though. No matter how hard he tries for objectivity, GV is in the biz of selling wine and therefore has a personal stake in what happens to sales if he totally trashes a wine. While I think Gary does a fantastic job trying to stay 100% objective, my hunch is his scores will not vary nearly to the degree they would if he was completely independent from the wine industry. Statistically speaking, I don’t think it would be very hard to prove this out Vs. other critics. Just another good reason points alone should not be your guide. Caveat emptor!!

  • JR Laz

    Ditto on the questions from Tony S. and Wildebeest.

    I think we can take one guess at WB’s though. No matter how hard he tries for objectivity, GV is in the biz of selling wine and therefore has a personal stake in what happens to sales if he totally trashes a wine. While I think Gary does a fantastic job trying to stay 100% objective, my hunch is his scores will not vary nearly to the degree they would if he was completely independent from the wine industry. Statistically speaking, I don’t think it would be very hard to prove this out Vs. other critics. Just another good reason points alone should not be your guide. Caveat emptor!!

  • Josh

    One of the best intro’s so far. I think that kid has a future as a co-host.

  • Josh

    One of the best intro’s so far. I think that kid has a future as a co-host.

  • Katie

    Great Intro!

    QOD â?? The best costume was not what I wore is what my Golden wore. I dressed her up as Paris Hiltonâ??s dog Tinkerbell two years ago. She wore Chihuahua ears and a lot of bling. I think she is still mad at me for dressing her up.

  • Katie

    Great Intro!

    QOD â?? The best costume was not what I wore is what my Golden wore. I dressed her up as Paris Hiltonâ??s dog Tinkerbell two years ago. She wore Chihuahua ears and a lot of bling. I think she is still mad at me for dressing her up.

  • J Crazy

    Costumes rock. College. Second year. An ’80’s jogger. Funny story is that I don’t remember most of the night. I only remember waking up in a stranger’s apartment (no, not like THAT, unfortunately) and having to jog home the day after halloween in my high school track shorts, bright green wrist bands, a n orange top two sizes too small, thick black rimmed glasses and a head band to match the wrist bands. Needless too say I looked like Shreck meets Freddy Mercury. Didn’t have any wine that Halloween thought.

  • J Crazy

    Costumes rock. College. Second year. An ’80’s jogger. Funny story is that I don’t remember most of the night. I only remember waking up in a stranger’s apartment (no, not like THAT, unfortunately) and having to jog home the day after halloween in my high school track shorts, bright green wrist bands, a n orange top two sizes too small, thick black rimmed glasses and a head band to match the wrist bands. Needless too say I looked like Shreck meets Freddy Mercury. Didn’t have any wine that Halloween thought.

  • TommyBoBo of WI

    5th grade, The Green Hornet,, damn I still wish I had that costume.

  • TommyBoBo of WI

    5th grade, The Green Hornet,, damn I still wish I had that costume.

  • Klassh

    Pretty sure that intro was the cutest thing ever. Wonder why no one is doing that anymore? Did Gary put the Kibosh on that little operation? What a heartless bastard.

  • Klassh

    Pretty sure that intro was the cutest thing ever. Wonder why no one is doing that anymore? Did Gary put the Kibosh on that little operation? What a heartless bastard.

  • John__J

    qotd: Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange. But I wanna ask you about yellow Gary. How about a vin jaune episode? Or an episode tasting a bunch of the 13-18 charbono’s that exist out there?

  • John J.

    qotd: Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange. But I wanna ask you about yellow Gary. How about a vin jaune episode? Or an episode tasting a bunch of the 13-18 charbono’s that exist out there?

  • MDSmitty2488

    QOTD: My favorite Halloween costume was just a couple years ago during my sophomore year of college. I went dressed as Will Ferrell portraying Robert Goulet. I was a dead ringer and I stayed in character all night, people were recognizing me from across the street as I was walking. It's all downhill from there for me as far as costumes go, I don't think I'll ever top it.

  • http://twitter.com/winelabelreview richardritter

    QOTD: 4th grade I was the Six Million Dollar Man!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonburr Jason Burr

    QOTD: 2nd grade – Fonzie.

  • corkscrew

    Good kid on intro. You should bring that back once in a while. Have had the Mother's Milk..was just ok. QOTD-Storm Trooper in college party http://www.winelx.com

  • Jrouss

    QOTD: Med School — White Trash

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