Friday, March 13, 2009

Walla Walla Thirsty Pagans Are Going to Hell?

On February 27, I blogged about a new winery in the Walla Walla Valley (see: Thirsty Pagans). Their first release, Communion Red - 2005 is a tasty blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. 100% of the fruit is from the Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Since their release, I have opened several bottles. Shared it with friends, family and other wine lovers. Priced at $26 with a handy screw top, it's a very fine Bordeaux-style blend that pairs perfect with an assortment of foods, besides being just a great every day sipper. And those I have shared the bottle of wine with love the label (designed by one of the owner's, Jeanie Inglis-Chowanietz) and always comment with a chuckle!

Yesterday, I received a message from Jeanie at Thirsty Pagans. She informs that the Thirsty Pagans Winery have received their first "hate mail." And actually, it wasn't really mail, instead it was a phone call. Ummm - - would we call this "hate phone?"

Anyways - - the call was from a man, and also calling on behalf of his wife, who resides in Boise, Idaho. The man told Jeanie he was of the Catholic faith and found her wine and winery very offensive. He is making it his mission to inform every wine lover in Boise and Walla Walla not to support the Thirsty Pagans Winery. And last, but not least, told her, " have definitely gone to the dark side... and going to rot in hell."



Anonymous said...

And if you think that guy (and his, uhh, wife) are the lone intolerant, hateful Catholics out there... GUESS AGAIN. Try as they might, those Religious Reich types just can't hide, and they are out there in great numbers.

Be careful out there. And drink Thirsty Pagan wines! I'm calling them now to see about ordering a case or two. Vote with that wallet, and fight with everything else, too.

Anonymous said...

I, for one, think if drinking good wine is going to send me to hell, that I'm happy to go!

Very excited to taste this wine and look forward to writing about it.

Catie said...

Thanks Jonathan and Thea for checking in. This situation reminds me back when American photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe became such a controversial figure with his very frank and erotic (and public funded) art exhibit and book of photography. All hell (pardon the pun) broke loose! And because of the outrage and censorship, it only made the public, and especially those who had never heard of Mapplethorpe, want to see for themselves what the hissy-fits were all about. The Mapplethorpe Foundation couldn't have asked for better PR if they'd paid for it.

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