I’m Stumped and Can’t Even Fake It.

I’m a huge fan of Chateau Petrogasm, the wine review blog that uses one image as its review of wine. No words, no number, just one image. It’s a fascinating exercise.

Each day I go the site with the goal of trying to interpret the meaning of the image attached to a wine. Sometimes it’s easy to understand what the reviewers want to tell us. Other times, I’m forced to apply my own meaning as any interpretation of the image provided to represent the wine could only be subjective.

So today was the first time I’ve ever been stumped. That is, not only do I have no idea what the reviewers are trying to say IN THIS REVIEW of the 2006 Woodbridge Syrah, but I can’t even come up with a partially justified interpretation.

I hate being stumped. I can’t even fake this one.

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15 Responses

  1. Arthur - September 18, 2008

    This picture is form the movie “Funny Games” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808279/plotsummary) about two sociopathic young men who torture a vacationing family.

  2. Christina - September 18, 2008

    Too young to show it’s face? Hmmm. I haven’t had the wine I’m just guessing.
    I’d never seen this blog – I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. TasterB - September 18, 2008

    Um, creepy? 2006 Woodbridge Syrah is just creepy and makes your insides quiver? I dunno…

  4. el jefe - September 18, 2008

    Put it in a bag before you drink it?

  5. David McDuff - September 19, 2008

    Don’t even bother drinking it — it’s already been whitewashed. Just tie it up and throw it off the bridge (no pun intended).

  6. kevin keith - September 19, 2008

    Anyone who’s seen the movie Funny Games knows how brutal and gratuitous in its violence-for-the-sake-of-violence theme, so maybe what’s being said is that it tastes like the inside of a serial killer’s soul? A crime scene mop bucket? Andrew Zimmern’s leftovers?

  7. Fredric Koeppel - September 19, 2008

    in any case, the message seems to be, “Take a pass on this wine.” and let’s face it, why bother with Woodbridge anyway?

  8. Mary B. - September 19, 2008

    Captured youth?
    Fruits and nuts?
    Kinky tannins?
    Whatever, I don’t think Woodbridge will be linking this up! lol

  9. Benito - September 19, 2008

    The hood looks like it’s straight out of “The Lovers” paintings by Magritte:

  10. Beast - September 19, 2008

    The wine is creepy, and makes you feel uncomfortable: just looking at it makes you want to wash.
    I’ll take a case.

  11. Beast - September 19, 2008

    The wine is creepy, and makes you feel uncomfortable: just looking at it makes you want to wash.
    I’ll take a case.

  12. MJ - September 19, 2008

    Kevin is right, it is a still from the movie Funny Games. Perhaps what the photo is saying in reference to the wine is what the New York times said about the movie, “that it is a punishment to its audience” and an “attack on innocent people”. Regardless of how you interpret it, I don’t think it can mean anything good about the wine.

  13. Jerry Murray - September 19, 2008

    I am troubled by the wine and won’t be able to sleep tonight? Or maybe it is destined to become a cult classic?

  14. Dylan - September 21, 2008

    I have to disagree with MJ, this review quite clearly asks the readers to “try it in a blind taste test.” It’s a postmodern attempt at saying, the only reviews one needs are from oneself–truly a bold sociopolitical statement made by Chateau Petrogasm.

  15. Tia Agnew - October 6, 2008

    Sickening or disturbing? This one must be awful!

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