12 Tasty Wines With Pretty Labels
2007 Bodegas Naia Naia Verdejo, $11
The label: Inspired by a painting by Spanish artist Toni Ibírco, the labyrinthine label represents the ancient riverbeds furrowed into the plateaus that lie just outside Castile, Spain, where this wine (shown, left) is made.
The taste: Refreshing, light, and reminiscent of peaches, delicate florals, and green herbs.
Drink it with: Light seafood dishes, such as grilled scallops and marinated calamari.
11th Edition Sokol Blosser Winery Evolution, $18
The label: The designers of this graphic label (shown, center) used a mix of collage and powerful typefaces to evoke the passion and the creativity of the early-20th-century Russian and Italian avant-garde.
The taste: Strong flavors of mango and peach and a hint of citrus.
Drink it with: A spicy pad thai or a zingy lemon chicken.
2006 Thierry and Guy Fat Bastard Chardonnay, $10
The label: After tasting a new Chardonnay, the winemaker jokingly called it a "fat bastard," by which he meant a full-bodied wine. A friend then doodled a sketch of the rotund little hippo that became the company's logo (shown, right).
The taste: Rich, with toasty vanilla and tropical fruits.
Drink it with: Creamy pasta or roast chicken.