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You Should Probably Not Drink Rupert Murdoch’s Cabernet

by evanmcmurry

In what’s become a series on this blog of pieces on wine you probably shouldn’t uncork—see previous entries on the Boston Red Sox’ 2011 cabernet and Hitler cab Franc—we now bring you Rupert Murdoch Presents Alcoholic Grape Drink:

News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch is closing a $28.8-million deal to buy the Moraga Vineyards estate and winery in Los Angeles’s Bel Air neighborhood, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which Murdoch owns.

The Vineyard is 13-acres and includes a 7,500-square-foot home, staff quarters, a tasting room and wine cave, and a 2,300-square-foot winery that produces about 1,500 cases a year.  It was originally built and owned by Victor Fleming, director of Gone with the Wind andThe Wizard of Oz.

Unlike most vineyards, Moraga simply produces one red and one white wine each year. It’s ‘Red’ is produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot; the 2007, which last year won a Sommerlier’s Choice award, goes for $125 a bottle. It’s ‘White’ is a Sauvignon Blanc; the 2010 goes for $65 a bottle.

That red blend actually sounds delicious, and I’m jealous of the WSJ writers who will probably get to pop bottles of this instead of office beer every time someone has a going away party. But I just don’t trust Los Angeles’ soil for this complex of a blend Rupert Murdoch. Do you really want to quaff the New York Post of wines?

You Probably Should Not Drink This Hitler-Themed Cabernet Franc

by bisonmessink


An Italian wine maker is in the news again (this time the New York Times!) for selling Nazi-themed wine that the vintner insists is just a “historical line.”

Andrea Lunardelli’s wines feature photos of Hitler, Himmler and Eva Braun, along with a “communist line.”

The wines “are a way of not forgetting history and the monsters it produced, ensuring that they never return,” Lundardelli said, adding ruefully that “today’s monsters are faceless multinationals.”

The wines sell for $10-12 a bottle, though Lunardelli believes there is a vibrant black market for the wines in Austria and Germany, where the Nazi propaganda historical homage is illegal.

Lunardelli doesn’t understand the outrage against his wines, pointing out that most of his bottles are purchases as a joke — because nothing pairs with antisemitism like irony.

However it is not recommended that you pair your ironic wine with certain Caribbean social revolutions. Lunardelli had to pull the plug on his Che Guevara line when Che’s widow demanded $27,000 and 15% of the proceeds of every bottle sold in exchange for the rights to using his image on the bottles.

You Should Probably Not Drink The 2011 Red Sox Cabernet

by evanmcmurry



“Announcing the release of the limited edition Red Sox Club Series Reserve, a 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet and a 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Celebrate the history, tradition and triumphs of the Boston Red Sox with your new favorite wine!”

Tasting notes on that 2011 Cab:  “It starts off weak, has a really good mid-palate that seems to earn its price point, but then takes a complete nose dive at the end, at which point you’ll detect strong hints of fried chicken and beer. Still preferable to the 2012 batch, which ends with Bobby Valentine riding his bike into a tree.”