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Mar 19, 2007 05:16 PM

Creature wine labels

I'm a birder, so friends are always bringing me wines with birds on the label. Most have been awful, i.e., the Little Penguin. The latest is a bottle of Smoking Loon Cabernet. I'm afraid to open it - has anyone tried it?

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  1. Have not tried the Smoking Loon. However, for a birder, you might want to look for Hellacious Acres, Howell Mtn. Zinfandel. There is a buzzard on the label. BTW, it's a very good Zin - I'm just finishing up the last of my '97 now.


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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      Also check out Viansa. They have several labels dedicated to birds.

      1. re: TonyO

        True, but the problem is one is left with the wine inside the bottle.

        1. re: zin1953

          I've had a few bottles from Vianasa that were quite good (albeit, they were not emblazoned with our feathered friends). Their Samuele Cab Franc is a noce wine if a bit overpriced.

      2. re: Bill Hunt

        Oh, Bill . . . what about Screaming Eagle?!?!? ;^)

        1. re: zin1953

          Would guess that's *better* than "Smoking Loon!" At least the few, that I have had have been better, than I would expect SL to be. Who knows, though, I have yet to try SL.


      3. Your friends would go mad if they had access to Pelee Island Winery here in Ontario (Canada). I think every one of their labels has birds (maybe a few with other creatures).

        I doubt it's easily available outside of Ontario however. It's a decent winery.

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        1. re: PaulV

          We here in BC also have lots of labels and wineries dedicated to birds, some of the most wonderful wines inside the bottle too :)
          Wild Goose
          Quail's Gate
          Red Rooster (although that one has gone down in quality recently)

        2. The 2001 Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet is the one you want!

          We've got about half a case left and are going to be so so sad when it's gone.

          1. Smoking Loon is solid, inexpensive wine ($5.99-6.99 range, less at Costco). Nothing wrong with it whatsoever, but there are certainly a lot better options out there.

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            1. re: zin1953

              Check out a great litle winery in Paos Robles called Zeniada Cellars. No birds on the new labels, but Zenaida is the name of a breed of doves.

            2. In Marlborough, New Zealand there is Huia, named after an extinct land bird (one of many there, unfortunately). They make a great Sauvignon Blanc.

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              1. re: Megiac

                one of my favorite wine:

                paloma merlot!