The Most Offensive Wine Web Site Ever?


Thanks to an alert Mike Duffy over at the Winery Website Report Blog, I do believe I’ve laid my eyes on one of the most offensive wine-related websites: BumWine.

Yes, "Bum Wine".  The Authors of the website explain their mission this way: "Call them bum wines, street wines, fortified wines, wino wines, or twist-cap wines.  Whatever you call these beverages for the economical drunkard, this page explores the top five.  So curl up on a heating duct and enjoy…"

Very nice, isn’t it? However, they do explore those wines we all snicker at but never lay out hands one including "NightTrain", "MD 2020", "Cisco", "Thunderbird" and "Wild Irish Rose".

However, like good wine reviewers, the authors to deliver on their promise of explaining the drinks. For example here is their description of  MD 2020:

Some test subjects report a slight numbing agent in MD 20/20, similar to the banana paste that the dentist puts in your mouth before injecting it with novocain.  Anyone that can afford a dentist should steer clear of this disaster.  Available in various nauseating tropical flavors that coat your whole system like bathtub scum, but only the full "Red Grape Wine" flavor packs the 18%.

"Bathtub Scum"

There’s an "Accident-on-the-side-of-the-road" quality to going through this website. You know you shouldn’t be browsing around, but you can’t stop yourself from looking as you surf past.

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5 Responses

  1. peaches - July 20, 2005

    In college it was Madd Dog 20/20 and no-doze. A fine mix for a fine evening.
    Its these wines that make it hard to accept the screw cap into higher end wines.

  2. tom - July 20, 2005

    Did we go to the same college?

  3. Marshall - July 21, 2005

    I saw that site a couple of years ago and thought it was humorous in a twisted way, although not offensive.
    If you want to say it’s offensive, then blame the companies that make the product itself, not people who make fun of it.

  4. tiffany - July 23, 2005

    Ha! I thought it was more hilarious than offensive … unless we’re talking about the offensiveness of the term “bum.” Those beverages are widely known for being cheap and buzz-inducing — perfect for bums, college students and drunks.

  5. Mag Dutton - July 25, 2005

    If you find it offensive, here’s my note on the site a couple of months ago:
    It details who makes these wines and all of their other brands. So if you find offensive, put your wallet next to your high horse and avoid these companies altogether.

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