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just curious?
Have you ever bought an unknown wine because of a "cool" label or the bottle style. I Just purchased a bottle of Museum Real Reserva (Cigales, Tempranillo) because it has a really cool metal label. Though I have not fully accepted buyers remorse it seems obvious that I probably spent too much and I have become another number for the efforts of wine marketing.
I should have followed my instincts.. Oh well there's plenty of Manchego left over.


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I have, several times early into the hobby. I'm guessing plenty of regular Dom drinkers sought out the Warhol label.
 
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No, but as a college student I bought Lancers over Mateus because of the bottle. I'm sure a lot of people bought 1973 Mouton because of the label, knowing the wine was lousy.


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sade58,

I have if the wine was only $30 +/- as I'm a complete sucker for art and design. The wine becomes secondary to me. Red Face

I'm so impressed with the avant garde movement in Spain, and will grab a bottle based on the label. I'm not interested in the wine per se, ( may never open) but so appreciate the artistic eye and creative energy.
 
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Never actually. But I've bought books and other things that way.

BTW - that Museum from Cigales isn't too bad.


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I'm guessing plenty of regular Dom drinkers sought out the Warhol label.


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I'm a little embarrassed to admit that several years ago, I fell for the packaging and purchased a Pere Anselme "Le Fiole" CdP.
 
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Back in the day (middle third of the '90's?) I bought a bottle of wine called "Black and Blue" because of the cool bottle and label.

The wine was quite good.

The wine maker no longer produces anything that shows up in stores, so it turned out to be my only opportunity at that level, as well.

There is still a "Black and Blue," but different wines methinks.


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I say this with no small amount of shame, but put a naked woman on a label, and I'm likely to give it a try.
Zanzibar Sandra, for example...


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Guilty...

I remember buying a bottle of Belle Glos "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" Pinot simply because I liked the look of half the bottle being dipped in wax. Turns out, I actually like the wine. Good luck, I guess.
 
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Guilty...

I remember buying a bottle of Belle Glos "Clark & Telephone Vineyard" Pinot simply because I liked the look of half the bottle being dipped in wax. Turns out, I actually like the wine. Good luck, I guess.

+1 hahaha.

I've been sucked into Heavy bottles/paper wrapper, sometimes as gift. I've even bought bottles because of free cork screw, but never a impulse buy based on the label design.


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No.

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Piper Heidsieck rare 2002. probably wouldn't have bought it if not of the design of the bottle....
 
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No. My wife on the other hand…
 
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Only once. Had a BevMo gift card I won in a raffle + was attending a dinner with a theme of "non-French" bubbly = bought a bottle of cava b/c it had a fancy metal contraption for a label. Was nowhere close to the worst $25 bottle of fermented grape juice I'd ever had.
 
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Well since woman buy more wine than men it has been discussed that in the crowded wine world that exists you have to make your wine stand out on the shelf. Woman love attention grabbing labels. I contantly get "I am looking for a cool label"

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Reminds me of a rule of thumb that I try to use: never buy a bottle that has a picture of an animal on the label.
 
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I am probably guilty though I can remember a specific wine. The Mrs. has about an 75% success rate by label alone these are bottles in the $15 to $30 range.
 
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Reminds me of a rule of thumb that I try to use: never buy a bottle that has a picture of an animal on the label.


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Yes and no. I've made a choice between two bottles based on the label, but I've often not purchased bottles based on the label or even the name. I have been tempted many times by attractive expensive bottles, like Orin Swift Mercury Head, but have been able to refrain.


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