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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 02:20 pm

Day Four of Iowahawk’s brilliant Bonneville chronicles. Hit his main site and scroll like a maniac for previous Bonneposts.

Dear old mother phoned last night, asking all about the trip. Actually, she was far more interested in Mr Bingley’s singing than any speedy salt antics, being a former choir gal herself. Speaking of the Bingster, he’s lately used the rule of ugly as a wine guide; successfully, too.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/22/2007 at 09:09 AM
    1. Noticed the Rule of Ugly 2 days ago. V. good sir. To date I’ve been limiting myself to French and Spanish wines, having been misinformed that your Aussie stuff is a “smack in the gob”

      Went into Tesco’s determined to try the new rule out and purchased something with a hideous, tacky cartoon kangaroo on the front. GREAT wine, and 14% to boot! Well done.

      Am now searching for a bottle with an anthropomorphic wallaby on the label, or perhaps a badly executed drawing of Paul Hogan.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 08 22 at 09:20 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats to the ‘hawks!

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 08 22 at 09:35 AM • permalink


    1. I just saw at Food Lion the other day an Aussie wine named “Herding Cats.”

      Can’t get any better than that.

      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2007 08 22 at 10:44 AM • permalink


    1. Tim, I really hope there was something high-octane added to that coke in your hand.

      To be photographed not drinking…oh the horror!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2007 08 22 at 11:00 AM • permalink


    1. “Listen,” I say to the Dessert Keeper, “by now, you know and I know that I’ll be back here five times before I leave. So let’s just cut the bullshit, and gimme the whole friggin’ pie.”

      I may make that my new sig.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 08 22 at 11:52 AM • permalink


    1. To be photographed not drinking…oh the horror!

      Hey, give him a break – he was smoking a cigarette! To our modern Carrie Nations, that is a FAR greater sin.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 08 22 at 11:53 AM • permalink


    1. The grandfather of a friend of mine used to make wine at home. Or maybe I should call it “wine”. He had a big vat with a small outboard motor attached; the motor was mounted with the blades inside the vat, and in addition to grapes, he tossed in vegetables, banana peels – pretty much whatever came to hand. Then he’d whip it up with the outboard, and let it sit for weeks on end. He put the stuff in gallon jugs, and I recall that, on the initial sip, the taste was a combination of rancid V-8 and lawn clippings. On the other hand, I rather quickly entered the Rudd-like phase in which I “knew no more”, and woke up on the curb by my friend’s house a few hours later. Not smooth, but deceptively strong.

      Posted by paco on 2007 08 22 at 11:54 AM • permalink


    1. I’ve been drinking Aussie reds every since the price plunged a couple of years ago due to global warming, er, climate change, er, record rainfall driving up production in the wine-producing region.

      For a while now, even the most vaunted wineries have been selling their wares in generic bottles to other distributors, so as to keep their own prices up at the high end.

      Consequently, excellent reds can be had stateside for $6.99 USD.  I do not know how that even covers the shipping cost.

      As for choosing which one to try, I let my four-year-old daughter pick her favorite label off the shelf.  She always points to the cute animals, and she’s always right.

      Posted by Rittenhouse on 2007 08 22 at 02:35 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, Paco,
      At least you got to taste yours. We tried to make some hooch years ago. We mixed up some stuff and buried about five gallons in the backyard, which is what somebody told us to do. Said, “Make the hole about four feet deep,” so we did.
      It was late July or early August. We came back for it a few days later and found a hole four feet deep and four feet wide. A large tree limb got blown off. Missed the shed, though.
      Also, Tim: Next trip, take Iowahawk to church and Mr. B. to Bonneville. Let’s see if he can drink ugly and drive in a straight line while Hawk yodels a prayer.
Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2007 08 22 at 04:11 PM • permalink


    1. I actually saw that wine label in my local Kroger store last Saturday.  Unfortunately, all I can do now is look at the labels, salivate a little, and imagine what I’m missing.  It’s better when I can imagine that wine with a label as ugly as that must be horrible, so this thread is not helping at all.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 08 22 at 05:38 PM • permalink


    1. Fuck Tim, you look on the photos, especially , like Bill Gates, albeit less healthy…

      Posted by Honkie Hammer on 2007 08 22 at 07:35 PM • permalink


    1. Me likey the Yellowtail Shiraz and Shiraz-Grenache blend…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 08 22 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. I can’t wait for Tim’s review of Hee Haw. Here’s a taste.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 08 22 at 08:23 PM • permalink


    1. #10 – RebeccaH

      Many Dr.’s recommend red wine for people with heart conditions. I’d shop around until I found one that did.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 22 at 08:29 PM • permalink


    1. #9: Over-aging in conditions of excessive heat. Yeah, a frequently-encountered hazard. Uncle Herbert used to have that trouble with cider from time to time.

      Posted by paco on 2007 08 22 at 08:54 PM • permalink


    1. #12 RM

      Yellowtail is produced by the Casella family at Griffith NSW.

      Good friend of mine grows the grapes

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 08 22 at 10:09 PM • permalink


    1. #16 – Nice little family run winery worth a few $100mill.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 22 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. #17 IT
      Yep, took the self export plunge a few years ago and are doing very well indeed.Me mate the grape grower is a girly and she loves the whole family set up and the job they do. They treat her real nice.

      Is good to see a family show going well in the market dominated by the big corporations.

      check yer hotmail

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 08 22 at 10:25 PM • permalink


    1. Pickles—well done, that vintner…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 08 23 at 12:46 AM • permalink


    1. Well, here’s the Gold Medal results from the San Francisco Int’l Wine comp.(largest in the USA) in June ‘07. Prices in USD retail, Au only.  Hint: there is no need to pay $30 to $100 for wines which rate about with the $8 ones.

      Jacobs Creek, Shiraz, ‘05, SE Au, $8, Double Gold, (just one gold last year (’06 Comp.) for their ‘04). [We’ve just finished a case of the ‘05 and it is very good.]

      Angove’s Shiraz, McLaren Vale, S AU $19, Gold

      Gemtree vineyards Bloodstone Mclaren Vale, AU, $16, Gold

      Kilikanoon Wines Shiraz, Killerman’s Run, S. Au, Gold. $18

      Similar Golds in Shiraz are Marlargo ‘04, $25 – St. Hallett ‘05 Faith Barossa Valley $16.
      Wynda Estate, ‘04 “George Wyndam, SE Au, $17

      Then a Red Rhone:  “Best RR of Show”, Kilikanoon, Shiraz-Grenach, Killerman’s Run, S Au, ‘05, $22

      and, Wakefield ‘05 Shiraz/Viognier, Eighty acres Clare Valley $14, Double Gold
      and, Murray Street ‘04 Barossa snagged a Gold $20

      Rosee’s? – – Jacob’s Creek, ‘06 Shiraz PINK or blush or Rose’, SE Au won a Gold.

      Thank me later.  Gerry

      For all the results of this enormous competition search “SFO Int’l Wine Comp” – and keep on clicking.

      Posted by Gerry on 2007 08 23 at 03:03 AM • permalink


    1. Great info, Gerry; I’ve got some more ugly labels I’ll be trying out soon!

      Pickles, that’s very cool! I’ve got some cabernet franc planted in the backyard myself, a few of which I hope will start producing next year…

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2007 08 23 at 07:09 AM • permalink


    1. #14, thanks for the suggestion, IT.  Unfortunately, I’m also a victim of a traitorous endocrine system (of which the bum ticker is a consequence), therefore I must live vicariously through all of you.  So please disregard what I said before and be generous with your reviews.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 08 23 at 09:43 AM • permalink


  1. I thought that was a good looking label. But then I’m not a wine drinker.

    Posted by dean martin on 2007 08 24 at 07:19 PM • permalink