Friday, June 5, 2009

Hello Kitty and Santa's Butt

Remember this little bit I put up about wine labels? Remember the annual controversies over the variety of cartoony labels on Wychwood's "Bad Elf" series of Christmas beers, about how they'd confuse children because of their cartoon images on a bottle of beer?

Decanter is reporting that the first Hello Kitty wine is on the market, and that it is available in the U.S. WTF? The bottle not only has the nightmarish image of Hello Kitty on the label, it has a little charm of the fiendish feline hung from the neck! (Not a bad thing, you must admit.)

I think the export manager may be full of shit, because they seem to think that the FDA regulates wine labels, and I don't see anything about this wine being actually for sale in the U.S., but just suppose they're right. What the hell does that say about turning down cartoon beer labels? More to the point, who will save me from all the Hello Kitty winos?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Like most things in life, The Simpsons summed it up the best in their Japan episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlLjFXiy3Mk

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

Lew, it apparently gets worse.

While Googling this product to see if it was really available in the USA and not just a joke, I found this report of a Hello Kitty sake:

http://www.kittyhell.com/2006/12/30/hello-kitty-sake-rice-wine/

and a Hello Kitty NA Beer:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwoodn/1073899700/in/photostream/

Though right now there's a Beck's Beer/Hello Kitty Blingee.com mock-up making the blog rounds.........

21stCenturyCavePainter said...

Hello Kitty is everywhere now-a-days. I've even seen Hello Kitty, shall we say, "marital aids."

Horrifying...

Russ said...

My wife and I have worked very hard to teach our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter that beer and wine are for mamas and dadas only. This Hello Kitty wine is gonna mess it all up! CURSES!!!

JessKidden said...

The TTB label search page turns up 4 different "Hello Kitty" approvals, from Nov. '08 (Brut, Sweet Pink, Angel and Devil).

Go figure.

https://www.ttbonline.gov/colasonline/publicSearchColasBasic.do

Boston Bachelorette Ideas said...

cool

Anonymous said...

Confirmed. Like it or not, the Kitty has landed. Two Sparkling wines are available in 3 stores in NYC, with more to come...

Lew Bryson said...

Bejayzus.

Anonymous said...

I seen them uptown nyc at Vintage Grape Wines
www.vintagegrape.net