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    Primo Vino Art: Passion Has Red Lips


    2011 - 09.08


    This weekend while I was perusing the wine selection at Hubbel & Hudson, the snootiest of snooty grocery stores that I patronize, I happened upon a sensual-looking red called Passion Has Red Lips. This bottle was produced by “Some Young Punks”, the same people who produce the previously-featured Monsters, Monsters Attack! Since that wine was a delicious white (I’m not really even much of a white-wine-guy), I figured I had to try their red.

    Both of these wines had a screw-top, which is a bit unfortunate for a well-made vino. I do understand that, counterintuitively, beer in cans is somehow actually superior to beer in bottles, but I’m not so sure that principle also applies to the screw-top wine bottle. Some Young Punks should move on up to corks in the future.

    As anticipated, the wine is a very tasty cabernet/shiraz blend (51/49 respectively), with an excellent smoothness. So smooth it was almost more like a Pinot Noir, but with the bigger flavor of a cab. I tend to find Pinots to be smooth-drinkin but yawn-inducing in terms of flavor. This blend sits nicely on the divide between smooth-but-boring versus flavorful-but-harshly-alcoholic. I guess that should be no surprise since Australian shiraz is something akin to Swiss chocolate or German cars or Japanese electronics… they just… know how.

    Anyway, a very pleasing wine, no question. It was $22 at the grocery store, so on the high-end of my wine budget really, but if I happened upon it for say $18 or less, I would not hesitate to grab one again. Superb drinking. Seal of approval.

    Primo Vino Art: Max Ferd. Richter Riesling


    2011 - 09.03

    Wine with a friggin ZEPPLIN on the bottle.  I think we just maxed out style on this here one people.

    Primo Vino Art: Leitz Out Riesling


    2011 - 08.30

    I would not say that this wine tasted “sassy”, in any way really.  However, that said, this was a superb Riesling.  If Riesling is your thing, check this one out.  It’s divine on a hot Texas summer night.

    Primo Vino Art: The Cover Drive


    2011 - 08.19

    This one is minimal, so I gave it a minimal background.  We’ve got a guy playing cricket I think, with what I can only assume are… robot legs?  Cybernetically enhanced athletes; those kooky Australians!  As for the wine, bleh, not the best.

    Primo Vino Art: 14 Hands Cabernet


    2011 - 08.17

    Another in the ongoing series; 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon, another one from Washington state, with a nice colorful western theme.  This is a pretty good wine, actually.

    Primo Vino Art: Jargon


    2011 - 08.15

    I’m actually off on vacation in Wisconsin at the moment, but through the wonders of technology, I’ve arranged for a series of posts to happen while I’m away.  Mostly bringing the primo vino series up to date, since I have a backlog of pictures to post!

    We’ll start with this one, called Jargon.

    I love the sentiment on this bottle.  Some of you may be disappointed that I only post superficial descriptions of the wine featured in primo vino art.  Well the reason for that is because I think a lot of wine descriptions are at best vague, or worst, a bunch of flowery nonsense.  But someone else has already gone way deeper into this that I care to.  Check out this guy’s diatribe for a good laugh (it’s a pdf, FYI)

    Anyway, onto the art

    Primo Vino Art: Happy Camper Merlot


    2011 - 08.13

    I really like this label.  It’s quite simple, but the big starry sky and the airstream trailer–well it’s hard not to like it.  Both those things conjure up thoughts of fun times.  I’d like to drink this wine in an airstream trailer on some cool autumn evening.  mmmm

    Primo Vino Art: Seven Daughters


    2011 - 07.06

    It’s a very simple design, but I have admired the looks of this bottle on the grocery store shelf for long enough.  Incidentally, I am way behind in posting pictures for this series, so expect a lot of wine bottles in the near future!