In America they dub the category "critter wines" – in fact there's even a site on which you can track down bottles bearing the image of your favourite furry friend.
In Blighty, meanwhile, we seem a bit more self-conscious and need, in
typically British fashion, to make a bit of a joke of it, with double
entrendres such as Chat-en-oeuf and Longue-dog (from the Languedoc, of
course). The latter, a typically robust (14% abv) southern French red,
is actually a brilliant deal at £5.49 at Sainsbury's. My dachshund-owning neighbour is thrilled.
One of the oldest critter wines is Goats Do Roam from Fairview estate in
South Africa, which has its own goat tower. I don't think its basic
Rhone-ish red is quite as good as it was, but The Goatfather 2010 (£9.29 Dillies in Hexham, £9.39 thedrinkshop.com),
an Italianate blend of barbera, sangiovese, nebbiolo and cabernet
sauvignon, is a terrific red, ideal for hearty pasta dishes.
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