In honor of #InternationalDuckDay, #wines with ‘duck’ in the name

27 Aug

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Who doesn’t love a duck? In the Señorita Vino household, ducks are universal symbols of all that is right in the world. Rubber duckies brighten our bathrooms–and offices–with their cheery yellow livery, and in the years since we’ve been married, Señor J and I have amassed quite a collection of duckie Christmas tree ornaments.

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Imagine my joy last week when I learned that a rubber duckie as tall as a six-story building would lead a flotilla of tall ships into the Port of Los Angeles. Turns out all of LA was jonesin’ for cuteness. Nearly  300,000 Angelenos made the trek to the San Pedro waterfront to catch a glimpse of the gargantuan bath toy. And because we’re Angelenos, traffic was backed up for miles on Sunday, which was supposed to be the duckie’s last day in L.A.

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Thankfully, the Los Angeles City Council came down with a serious case of Rubber Duckie Attachment Syndrome and decided to let the little fella stay on through Sept. 6, which includes today, International Duck Day.

In celebration, here’s a roundup of wines named for ducks.

1. Duckhorn – This Napa Valley wine is named for the owners, who have spun off other labels including “Decoy.”

Image courtesy of Duckhorn Vineyards

Image courtesy of Duckhorn Vineyards

 

2. Luis PatoPato means duck in Spanish, but this wine is from Portugal. And it’s the winemaker’s last name. So it’s technically not named after a duck, but he put a duck on the label, so there you go.

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3. Canard Vineyard – And speaking of foreign languages, canard is French for duck. This Calistoga vineyard produces a Cabernet Sauvignon that’s, uh, just ducky.

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4. Baby Duck – It seems this Canadian sparkling wine is no longer in production. It’s a shame, because I can’t think of a better bottle of bubbly than this to christen the tall ships  in the flotilla led by the ginormous rubber duckie last week.

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5. Duck Commander – Okay, would you buy wine from these vatos locos?

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Exactly. But that didn’t stop them from making Duck Commander. It should, however, stop you from smearing GI Joe paint all over your face and getting your own reality series.

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6. Lucky Duck Wine – Amazing things happen when you do a search for wines named after ducks. It turns out Walmart sells this wine with a most fortuitous moniker, which comes in five different varietals, including Malbec. Now say this in your best Donald Duck voice: Who knew?

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7. André Cold Duck Sparkling Wine – Let’s not forget this little piece of American winemaking history. Born in Detroit in the late 1930s, Cold Duck flew away to New York the 1970s–and resurfaced in South Africa nearly four decades later as 5th Avenue Cold Duck.

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So there you have it, chicas y chicos. Aren’t you glad to know winemakers all over the world share an appreciation for our adorable little feathered friends? And aren’t you also glad that there’s a rubber duckie for every occasion, including Fraternity Rush Week at your local college campus?

 

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¡Salud!

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10 Responses to “In honor of #InternationalDuckDay, #wines with ‘duck’ in the name”

  1. jameshansen August 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    I love this one; it is so very ducky!

    Senor Jim

    • Pamela August 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Gracias, Señor J!

      • Jeanie Rulli August 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

        We think this is great ….but we want the duck in Oregon !!

  2. dwdirwin August 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Rubbery Ducky you’re the one… very cute 🙂 My kids-and my husband for that matter- would get a kick out of the Duck Dynasty wine-hmm, might be a funny birthday present for him…

    • Pamela August 27, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Definitely a humorous birthday present! Let me know if you decide to give your hubby a bottle – and how he reacts. Thanks for reading and cheers!

  3. talkavino August 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    You can also add Duck Walk from Long Island to your list 🙂

    • Pamela August 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

      Thank you, TalkaVino! I knew I’d miss a lot of “ducky” wines, but I appreciate the suggestion (and I’ll have to try Duck Walk). ¡Salud!

  4. Tommy G. August 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Don’t forget Duckpond Cellars from Dundee OR. Nice wines and the best gift shop in all of Oregon. You must see the wine glass chandelier.

    • Pamela August 28, 2014 at 10:12 am #

      Gracias, Tommy, G! I was in Dundee a couple of years ago and will have to go back to check out Duckpond Cellars. Cheers and thanks for reading!

  5. Sandy Clabaugh August 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Cold Duck! Haven’t thought about that one for a while. Love Duckhorn. Cheers!

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