The Good

No doubt about it, the funniest thing that I saw this week comes to us directly from Ed Thralls of Wine Tonite fame.  Most of you have probably seen me talking about the Wine Bloggers Conference that is taking place in Walla Walla Washington this summer.  Ed has issued a call to hip-hop artist and wine video blogger Sadat X to make an appearance at the conference.  For those of you not familiar with Sadat’s body of work, I give you this sample (warning: contains a wee bit of profanity) -

I actually reviewed the Cusumano Nero D’Avola for one of my early reviews on the blog, and I only found the f%$^ed up factor to be a six, but to each his own.  Anyway, here’s my man Ed laying it down-


The Bad

The wine world lost one of it’s biggest innovators this week, and no, I’m not talking about Malcolm McLaren (via Cherries and Clay).  This week Thomas Angove, the inventor of the boxed wine, passed away.  Mutineer Magazine has a great retrospective on this figure who has played such a large role in the lives of college students, middle aged housewives, and trailer park denizens everywhere.  RIP Tom.


The Ugly

HellokittywineIn an absurd marketing move that could only be rivaled by the Twilight wine package, the wine world was rocked, that’s right, rocked by the announcement of the Hello Kitty line of wines.  This is one of those dumbfounding products that is difficult to even comment on.  Even now, I look at the words that I am typing, and am at a loss for what to say about it.  Luckily for you, Jeff from Good Grape didn’t have the same problem.  He posted a really interesting piece exploring the marketing philosophy that Hello Kitty Wine might be embodying.  You should also check out this article from the LA Weekly Blog.