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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.

    Hunt

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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.

          Hunt

      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).

        http://www.peleeisland.com

        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!
          http://www.woodwardcanyon.com/tech_sh...

          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!