On Wine and Music

Glass-of-WineWine and Music was the January 2013 theme for our church wine group. The organizer asked me for some ideas (which I provided), but I was hoping she wouldn’t select this particular because it may be difficult.

I did my research before the event just in case. Good news is they came through in flying colors! Below are the results of my research and what attendees brought. (I divided the names into categories).

Let me know if you have others!

Red Guitar

High Note
(Pasquier-Meunier) A Capella Red

BR Cohn (Doobie Brothers manager)
Dreaming Tree (Dave Mathews)
Blenheim (Dave Mathews)
Remick Ridge (Tommy Smothers)
Scaggs (Boz Scaggs)
Maestro Sanguineti

Harmony Hill
Il Cantante
Adegade Cantor
Deep Purple
For a Song
R&B Cellars

Que Sera
Shoo Fly (Don’t Bother Me)
Eroica (Beethoven 3rd Symphony)
Hey Mambo

On Animals and Wine

I’ve mentioned before that our church as a wine-tasting group. As I like to say, fun and fellowship are the group’s purposes with wine as our vehicle. To commemorate our last event, I did a post that provided a list of wines labels around numbers (our last theme). I just so happens that I keep adding to that list as I discover others, which has been fun.

Another wine group event is approaching, and we are doing another quirky theme: Animals. I know this is not a complete list, but it’s a good start. Enjoy. Do you know any others?

Feathered Aviaries

  • Cardinals: Cardinal Zin, Cardinal Point
  • Cranes: Crane Family, Crane Lake
  • Ducks: Duck Pond, Duckhorn, Cold Duck
  • Eagles: Eagle Rock, Screaming Eagle, Eagle & Rose Estate, Eagle Vale
  • Geese: Spruce Goose, Goosecross
  • Hawks: Hawkstone, Hawk Crest, Redhawk
  • Extras: D’Arenberg Laughing Magpie, Phoenix, Ravenswood, Smoking Loon, Black Swan, Thunderbird
  • Rex Goliath 47-lb. Rooster, Little Penguin

Ungulates: Hoofed Mammals

  • Bulls: Dancing Bull, Turnbull Old Bull, Bully Hill, Concha Y Toro
  • Deer: Antler Hill, Reindeer Ranch, Stag’s Leap
  • Elk: Elkhorn, Elk Cove, Elk Creek
  • Goats: Goats Do Roam, Goats Do Roam in Villages, Bully Hill Love My Goat
  • Horses: Wild Horse, Flying Horse, Iron Horse, Silver Horse, Tall Horse, Horse Heaven Hills (H3), Horse Play, Horseshoe Bend, Colt’s Foot
  • Moose: 3 Blind Moose
  • Sheep: Bighorn, Ram’s Gate

Canine Mammals

  • Coyotes: Wild Coyote
  • Dogs: Bad Dog Ranch, Dog Point, The Dog and Oyster, Dog House, Fog Dog
  • Foxes: D’Arenberg Feral Fox, Flying Fox, Fox Meadow, Three Foxes, Foxhorn, Foxglove
  • Wolves: Wolf Blass, Grey Wolf, Wolf Gap, Howling Wolves

Feline Mammals

  • Cats: Cat Pee on a Gooseberry Bush, Fat Cat, Gato Negro, D’Arenberg Cenosiliacaphobic Cat, Killibinbin Scaredy Cat
  • Panthers: Panther Creek

Miscellaneous Mammals

  • Bats: D’Arenberg Fruit Bat Shiraz
  • Bears: Grizzly Republic
  • Llama; Funky Llama
  • Monkeys: Monkey Bay, Monkey Business
  • Otters: Otter Creek
  • Rabbits: Rabbit Ridge, Dancing Hares, French Rabbit, Las Liebres

Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish

  • Frogs: Frog’s Leap, Frolicking Frog, La Petite Frog, Frogtown Cellars
  • Lizards: Lucky Lizard, D’Arenberg Leaping Lizard, Dragonette
  • Snakes: Blacksnake Meadery
  • Toads: Toad Hollow
  • Turtles:  Chocalatier Chocolate Turtle Wine, Tortoise Creek
  • Fish: Blue Fish, Fish Eye, Blue Fin, D’Arenburg The Broken Fishplate, Clown Fish, Madfish


  • Crabs: D’Arenberg Hermit Crab
  • Spiders: D’Arenberg Money Spider
  • Oysters: The Dog and Oyster, Oyster Bay

On by Numbers

I image most of us are aware of paint by numbers – and probably have tried it at least once. But this post is not about aforementioned craft classic – nor is it about a significant number in my life that is surrounded by a boatload of factoids that Trivial Pursuit doesn’t even cover. It is about wine by numbers. What?

Believe it or not, our church as a wine tasting group. Built around using wine as a vehicle for having fun and building fellowship, the group is one of the longest-running groups at the church! Blah, blah, blah – so what does that have to do with this post?

The group meets 3-5 times a year, and each meeting has a theme. Since we’ve covered the global map more than once, our next theme is Numbers – that is the name of the winery or the wine must include a number.

Ladies and gentlemen, in the spirit of gathering useless information, except for anyone whoever attends an event like this, I present Wine by Numbers, which happens to include wines with prices of single, double, and triple digits – and yes, feel free to add others.

Zero One

Opus One, Root 1, One Last Kiss, 1 (Antigal), First Colony

Two Vines, Two Hands, Two Oceans, Folie au Deux, Columbia Crest 2 Vines, Molly Dooker Two Left Feet, Middle Sister Goodie Two Shoes, Wildside Vines Duet Kentucky Red, 2-Up, Two-Buck Chuck, 2 Brothers, M-2, Deux Amis, Twin Oaks

Three Thieves, Hedges Three Vineyards Red, Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel, Columbia Crest H3 (Heaven Horse Hills), Tres Picos, Menage a Trois, Three Wishes, Three Kings (by Meeker and Burnett Ridge), Three Saints, Tres Sabores, Three Rivers, Three Brooms. Tre Monti, Y3, Three Rings, Three-Legged Red

Four Graces, Four Vines, Four Sisters, Cline Oakley Four Whites, Patricia Green Four Winds, 4G, Foursight, Quatro Goombas

Elk Cove Five Mountain, Five Rivers, Cain 5, Five Star, Funf 5

Graham’s Six Grapes Port, The 6th Sense

7 Deadly Zins, Seven Daughters, Seven Hills, J Lohr Seven Oaks, Seven Wells, St Innocent Seven Springs, 7 Heavenly Chards, Siete 7, Vineyard 7 & 8

Cellar No. 8, Vineyard 7 & 8, D’Arenberg Eight-Iron Shiraz, 8 Chains North

9 Stones, Platform 9, Niner

Row Eleven, Apex 11

Highway 12 *

14 Hands

Sixteen by Twenty

Mogen David (MD) 20-20 (If I didn’t mention this, someone else would have), Twenty Rows, Sixteen by Twenty

Ruta 22

Lot 27

D’Arenberg The Twenty Eight Road Mourvedre

29 Vines, Vineyard 29

Rosenblum Vintner’s Cuvee XXXIII Zinfandel

Festival 34

Parallele 45

Rex Goliath Giant 47 lb Rooster


Fizz 56

St. Ema 60/40 Reserve

D 66

Redneck 101

Santa Rita 120

Cote 125

181 Merlot

Lot 205 Winery

337 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar 360

667 Pinot Noir

Prospect 772

Gott 815

1448 Red Blend

1749 Sauvignon Blanc

Solera 1847

Chateau Tour Boisee Plantation 1905

NOTE: Some wineries (Penfolds and Lindeman’s are two) use Lot numbers to designate a particular line. Although Marietta’s Old Vine Lots are a personal favorite, I intentionally left the Lots off the list.

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