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03 August 2009 @ 09:23 am
Wine Banned Over Century Old Bicycling Nymph  

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has banned sales of a new pinot noir for using the above image as its label. They argued that it broke the rules by displaying "a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner." Well, I'll give them sensuous. K. and I actually have a framed copy of the poster hanging in the house, given our love for bicycles, redheads, and umm... well... you know.

The great art nouveau illustration was created by Georges Massias in 1895 as an advertisement for Cycles Gladiator. I'm sure it was probably at least a little shocking back then, but over a century later, you'd think we'd be able to hold onto our hats over such a sensation.

Still the makers of the new pinot aren't worried. They say that the free advertising (which I suppose I'm now a small part of) and new "Banned in 'Bama" campaign will more than make up for the lost sales. I know I'll buy a bottle.

For more information, check out this article or the winery itself. And thanks to Darren for drawing my attention to this story!

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alsnowgrrlalsnowgrrl on August 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
It's a very good wine ... just had some the other night!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on August 3rd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Entry-Level Positionpkthunder on August 3rd, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Funny. I work for a company that produces alcoholic beverages, and we too were banned from selling one of our products in Alabama. We have a label with a cartoon dog on it, and if you look really closely you can see its balls hanging between its legs. Dog balls. Tiny illustrated dog balls. It's the end of the world. Maybe we should also turn this around into free advertising for us, too.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on August 4th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
I would totally drink Tiny Dog Balls Wine.
Entry-Level Positionpkthunder on August 4th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Tiny Dog Balls Beer, actually.
Entry-Level Positionpkthunder on August 4th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
We're pretty big in Philly. Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: guru of badonkadonkassmonkeydiary on August 4th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Even better! I love Tripels. I'll have to keep my eyes out for it.
...wyndebreaker on August 4th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Oh, Alabama...you so crazy.