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Don’t Judge a Wine by its Label

February 22, 2009

And I know you would be tempted, with a name like this:

Cat's Phee on a Gooseberry Bush

Cooper's Creek Cat's Phee on a Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

The wine’s true name is actually “Cat’s Pee on a Goosberry Bush”, but Puritanical American standards have added a silent “h” for bottles sold in the U.S.   The label is cute – reminds me of the demonic expression usually present on my cat’s face.

I opened a bottle of it tonight, and I am really enjoying it!  I’m a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc as it is, and this one is really vibrant and full of zippy citrus.  You do get an ever-so-slight whiff of the “phee” when first sniffing, but when you’re drinking it’s totally lemons, limes, grapefruit, green apple, pineapple, and grass.  I have never tasted gooseberries, so I cannot say whether or not they are present in the taste profile.  It’s very light, and would make a really great sitting-by-the-pool or hanging-out-with-girlfriends wine. 

From the Cooper’s Creek website:

Pedigree – Alcohol:13.00%

Breeder’s Comments – A youthful, kittenish wine, full of zing and zip. Extremely playful and lively, with an aroma that is inclined to leap out of the glass at you with the slightest provocation. The body is long and racy, equally happy relaxing on its own in the sun on a warm afternoon or engaging in boisterous interplay with fresh garden vegetables or seafood.

This is a relatively inexpensive wine, at $11.99 (at Crescent Wine Shop in Clifton Park).  If you like light, refreshing whites, then this is a great choice.  Don’t let the name scare you away.  Meow!

One Comment leave one →
  1. MatthewMccready permalink
    June 9, 2009 10:01 pm

    The name is quite clever! I was at a restaurant and I saw the wine on a menu. I at first didn’t want to try it, but laugh at it! Then I started to ask myself “What if the wine is actually really awesome?” so I tried some and it is really quite awesome.

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