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  1. #21
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    Re: California Coolers

    Joe,

    Right you are. She's great. And yet, she still sticks with my sorry ass. More evidence of her greatness (or her bad judgment...or both).

  2. #22
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    Re: California Coolers

    I had completely forgotten about California Cooler. I'm pretty sure that's what gave "wine coolers" their name. I also remember that the White Mountain was a flavored malt beverage, which means it beat Zima to the market by a few years. I was working at a liquor store at the time.

    Wine coolers came out around the same time Sutter Home struck gold with their white zinfandel.

    I still think Champale and Malt Duck were the original "malternatives". They just hadn't stumbled upon the liquor name marketing.

    Every time I see a commercial for Arbor Mist I am reminded of Boone's Farm and Annie Green Springs.

  3. #23
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    Re: California Coolers

    I vaguely remember seeing something about a year ago about California Coolers being relaunched in any attempt to capitalize on the wine uptick, and appealing to the young'uns with a retro-8o's vibe. It was greeted with great public silence, I think.

    In terms of fortified wines: anyone ever drank Buckfast? Famous for its effects in the UK - mythically crafted by monks or some such. Hell of a name - keep expecting to see it on these shores...

  4. #24
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    Re: California Coolers

    Quote Originally Posted by Caradog View Post

    In terms of fortified wines: anyone ever drank Buckfast? Famous for its effects in the UK
    Famous for its effects?
    Please elaborate, I'd love to hear about this.
    ovh

  5. #25
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    Re: California Coolers

    Well, I first heard about it from a Galway lass who believed the Hibernians were a separate race, able to withstand far more in the way of abv and physicality than other mortals. This counts in the sack.

    The best was when some poor sap in a Yankee cap would sidle up to her at a 2nd Ave bar and say, "I heard your accent - are you Irish? I'm Irish, too!" and she would wheel at him, eyes blazing, and spit, "YOU'RE feckin Irish are you, Yank?!!" She swore by Buckfast.

 

 

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