I pulled the bag off an Australian Chardonnay I had just tasted and a sea horse was looking at me. This, I thought, is one critter I never thought I would see on a bottle of wine. But there it was on the bottle of Promised Land Chardonnay.
I guess they're starting to run out of them in Australia. The term "critter wine" entered the lexicon in the wake of Yellow Tail's success--the low-priced Australian wine with the kangaroos on the label. Suddenly marsupials (and the occasional emu) were prancing, lounging and looking cute on all kinds of low-priced Aussie wines. I guess it helps sell wine.
Just in today's tasting, I found myself eye to eye with a blue-tongued lizard (on Blue Tongue Chardonnay), penguins (on The Little Penguin), cockatoos (on Cockatoo Ridge), and some sort of mythical cat-like creature with a spare leg (on Devil's Lair's Fifth Leg).
And it's not just cheap wine. A puma was sneaking between trees on the label of Black Puma Shiraz, which goes for $70, a hawk was silhouetted against the Vasse Felix label, a sheep (and its shepherd) stood on Jim Barry's McCrae Wood Shiraz label and a silver yabbie festooned the Yabbie Lake label.
"What's a scorpion doing on a wine label?" someone passing through the tasting room asked.
"It's not a scorpion, it's a yabbie," I said. "It's kind of like a Louisiana crawfish. Delicious stuff."
I stared at the yabbie. It did kind of look sinister in silhouette. Will scorpions be next?
What's the weirdest creature you ever spied on a wine label?
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