Yes, The Walking Dead has entered the world of pop culture-themed wine, and the Yahoo Entertainment staff has sampled all three entries: the Petite Sirah named for Rick Grimes, the Daryl Dixon Cabernet Sauvignon, and the red blend known as Negan.
But before we share our thoughts on the TV hooch, we have a little bone to pick with the vintner behind it, and it is this: Where my girls at?
There are three varieties of wine, and while we love the male apocalypse survivors as much as the next TWD fan, this is a show with just as many heroines. Where’s the Maggie wine? The Michonne? The freakin’ Carol?! Carol Peletier has single-handedly taken out whole groups of baddies, while often at the same time saving whole groups of her loved ones. And she’s been with the group since the beginning. Negan’s only been around a season and a half. Yeah, yeah, he amuses us too, but that doesn’t change our question: Where’s our Carol wine? Where’s our trio of Carol/Maggie/Michonne wines?
One other small issue: the wine packaging is … nice: Rick’s signature gun on the Grimes label, angel wings vest on the Daryl Dixon and Lucille (of course) on the Negan. But while admittedly this may be due to something above our licensing ken in these matters, if you’re gonna create a bottle of Daryl Dixon wine, shouldn’t you put Norman Reedus’s face on the label? Ditto Andy Lincoln’s mug on the Grimes wine, and finally, what is a bottle of Negan wine without his s***-eating grin flashing at you as you pour a glass?
Those quibbles aside, you wanna know how the wine tastes, right? Is it worthy of pouring for those in attendance at your next TWD viewing party? To be honest, most of our staff members were not exactly fans.
Daryl Dixon — 2016 California Cabernet Sauvignon
“Reliable, showing depth and an attractive core of ripe black fruits, intermingled with savory nuances of coffee bean and dried herbs. Like Daryl’s crossbow, this is a wine you can count on to always hit the mark,” is how the company described it. But while Mr. Dixon may be fans’ favorite character on the show — actually, there’s no “may be” to it; we took a vote — the wine named after him left a bad taste in most of the staff’s mouths.
Matt Whitfield described it as “rotten cough syrup” with a “candy aftertaste,” while Raechal Shewfell called it “too medicine(y) for me … made my face scrunch up.” Leah Neuberth thought the Daryl tasted like “a very cheap Trader Joe’s wine,” while Mandi Bierly said, “The first sip was not pleasant. I expected them to make sure Daryl was the best since he’ll clearly be the bestseller.”
Woo thought it had a “weird, inky aftertaste,” while the smell of the wine — perhaps befitting a character who likes to embrace his well-earned griminess — was a sticking point for some tasters. “The smell knocks you back, but the taste is okay,” Alter said. “It’s near-wine, just like Bud Light is near-beer.” Added Garcia, “Like Daryl, it smells terrible, but turns out to be very sweet.”