I CAN HELP I freely
admit it --- I need to be entertained. And since the theme of my
website is wine, it only seems fitting that I take the liberty of
scouring the Internet for a few jokes relating to my predominant
interest. Though it has hardly been easy, I have successfully come
across a few items of 'funny bone' persuasion. Most of them are pretty
silly, but I know my limitations: I leave it to the Brits to be 'wine
witty.' Pitty I have decided not
to use really crude jokes on my site ...
COMIC STRIPS AND WINE
my enjoyment, I have come across a whole assortment of very funny
cartoons relating to wine. Granted, some of them are funnier than
others, but I do believe I have found enough to offer a good laugh or
two. Check out this one below - Garfield raises his glass to life!
other cartoons, we sometimes are provided with a more subtle type of
humour. A good example of this is a cartoon I came across not too long
ago that details a couple of funny sea creatures planning a vertical
wine tasting! They had this in the Saturday comics section of my local
newspaper; I wonder how many people actually appreciated the joke?
WINE AND FUNNY POPULAR CULTURE
In North America, where most of us really consider wine to be a type
of 'beverage of choice' and not an actual essential component to our
diet, it is not uncommon to come across humourous images that remind us
this very fact. In my opinion, the image to the right illustrates this to
Another aspect of wine and popular culture is the
obsession some people have in always pairing the most suitable type of
wine(s) with their meals. Personally, I think many people (especially
in North America) take food-and-wine pairing too far, as shown in this
very funny cartoon with two 'talking' bears (above right).
WINE AND POOR HUMOUR
my dismay, some people take 'wine humour' (or the sheer marketing of
wine) in the wrong direction. A good example of this is an image I
found of Hitler being put on a bottle. As it turns out, the wine had started being sold in 2003. How revolting!
Granted, I realize that such an image is hardly a laughing manner, but
I would go so far in arguing that, because a winery had the audacity to
market such a label, we ought to all laugh at them
for being so stupid. In this case, the 'them' is winemaker Andrea
Lunardelli. You know what is even sadder? People are buying this label
in droves - Sad!
WINE AND ROBERT PARKER
For whatever reason, world-famous wine critic Robert Parker Jr.
always seems to fine himself at the centre of various wine-related
controversies. The result? The man seems to have an inordinate number
of make-fun cartoons to his name.
Without seeming to take sides (for the record, I actually encourage
arguments over wine, as it promotes greater diversity), it would seem
that Parker's opinions on wine are often made the butt of jokes by
other critics and commentators for reasons pertaining to both his
background and overall character.
With no formal training in wine, Parker is often viewed as something of
an upstart in 'wine evaluation.' Widely regarded to retain certain
prejudices over lighter styles of wine (such as Bourgogne), he is
routinely criticised for having what many non-American wine writers
call an 'American palate' (one that prefers large, fruity, high-alcohol
According to a recent biography, Parker's personality is not conducive to accepting criticism, as he is said to often become
quite personal is his responses to other writers who may disagree with
his opinions. The consequence, to our amusement, is a whole
load of funny wine cartoons related (both directly and indirectly) to
On this page, I have posted a few of the ones I have come across on the Internet.
WINE AND DRUNK PEOPLE
how bad drunkenness can be for one's health, there is no question that
drunk people can be extremely funny (even if they don't mean to be).
For thousands of years, we have always made fun of people (animated or
otherwise) who partake of a little too much wine (among other forms of