A New Wine for the Holidays That Has Everyone Buzzed

This New Zealand newcomer describes itself as a 'rough-as-guts wine'

Just when we thought we had seen and heard of everything in the world of wine, guess what? It ain’t so! Something new has hit the scene, and now that the holidays are fast approaching, some wine drinkers are really buzzed.

This might be the gift idea of the year. Maybe it’s a gift for a wine snob friend? Or maybe it’s a stocking stuffer for Santa to keep him from going out the chimney? I don’t know. This is one I cannot figure out. So I will not be giving or, hopefully, receiving this gift this year. But, for those of you that might want to join the buzz, here’s the scoop.

The wine comes from New Zealand. Now, when I think of New Zealand wines, I think of lovely, crisp wines like sauvignon blanc or elegant, fruity pinot noir. However, this wine has nothing to do with those wines. It is something beyond — way beyond! I see someone on the Internet is asking for a review. Well, folks, don’t look at me. This is not my style.

Someone also suggested that it might be a three-digit wonder. Again, points are not for me, so I cannot judge. That’s up to the big number boys. But, one thing is for certain, it’s for sure moving in the three-digit direction, as the intensity and alcohol are apparently off the charts. That, I suppose, is what is generating the buzz. So without further adieu, I introduce Purple Death, the self-described "rough-as-guts wine," that clocks in at 18 percent alcohol by volume. As the label says, "Nine out of 10 people who drink it for the first time exclaim, 'Je-e-esus Chri-i-ist'."

So if any of you think this is the gift idea of the year, go for it! If any of you out there have the stomach for this bad boy, feel free to send in your tasting notes. (No hurry, it can be anytime after you recover.)

— John Tilson, Underground Wine Letter


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