I feel the need for something light hearted today. In fact, I use humor every time I teach about wine. Here are some of my favorites to inspire, instruct, shock or simply amuse.
#1 Mr. Mixologist
I love so many of the original cocktails being created these days, the return of classic but forgotten drinks and who wouldn’t appreciate fresh bar mixers but this video lampooning bartenders (oops, mixologists) is hilarious. Best moments for me include bartender waxing his moustache, a single giant ice cube, chicken feet garnish, ice carving and the drink names “Chewbaca’s Jacuzzi” and “Moist Yoga Mat”.
#3 Paso Wine Man
Not only was this very funny, it was very effective marketing for the festival, the region and one category of the region’s wines.My favorite line is “This is Crljenak Kaštelanski, Croatian wine. Did I pronounce it correctly? Who cares.”
#4 Sommelier Starts a Winery
Anyone thinking of starting a winery needs to watch this and take it seriously. Anyone who already opened a winery should watch this for therapy, alternating between laughing and crying. Greg Harrington seems pretty happy to me in real life and obviously has a sense of humor about his family’s trade offs in moving from NYC to Walla Walla. My favorite lines were: “Winemaking is 49% cleaning shit, 49% moving heavy shit around and 2% drinking beer.” And “Will we micro-ox the crap out of our wines?”.
#5 Soaking the Corks
Okay, this has very little to do with real wine but I have heard wine people tell unknowledgeable tourists some tall tales. I doubt any tour group could be remotely this gullible, but it’s a good laugh anyway.
#6 Hail Cork Master!
The blind tasting scene was great, especially their noisy aeration of the wine in their mouths. Better yet, was the inauguration song, “Hail to the cork master, the master of the cork. He knows which wines goes with fish and pork.”.
#7 What’s it Smell Like?
I’m not sure if this is how dogs would taste wine or how people would sniff butts.
#8 True Tales from the Wine Store 2
I have definitely sold wine to this customer before and can’t decide whether to laugh or scream in anguish. My favorite lines are: “I see, you like the dry wines with sugar in them.” And “this one scored 95 points in the new Wine Pooper magazine”.
I have a few other favorites that I could not find including a Benny Hill video where he is a waiter and changes the label on a bottle to fool his bald diner and a stop animation video of bottles dancing in a night club. Hopefully some of these are new to you and give you a chuckle or two.
Which of these was your favorite? Do you have other favorite wine, food or service videos?
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