Randy gets downright lycanthropic.
When I was in college – way back when – the student center had a room where a different video each week was piped in and played continuously. I would plop down between classes – when we weren’t drinking something horrible at the school newspaper office – and catch fifteen minutes or so of whatever they were showing. By the end of the week I had probably seen the whole feature – in bits and pieces out of sequence. I saw “Lemmings” that way, and “Groove Tube.”
I also saw the 1957 horror classic I Was A Teenage Werewolf that way, and it was a delightful week. It may have been the movie, or it may have been the horrible stuff we were drinking at the newspaper. After so much time, I’ll charitably attribute it to the film.
The movie stars Michael Landon, before his “Bonanza” days and waaaay before his “Little House on the Prairie” days. It also stars Whit Bissell, a great character actor who was in so many films of the 1950s you’d think he came with the cameras. For no apparent reason – or maybe because of the horrible stuff – Whit became one of my favorites, and I watched anything in which he appeared.
In Teenage Werewolf, Landon plays the troubled young man while Bissell plays the troubled older man. That’s a lot of trouble there, and that starts with T and that rhymes with C and that stands for cool, which is how I rate this film.
What else but Werewolf Cabernet Sauvignon for this film? The website exclaims the wine is “notable for its dark red color.” Well, I would hope so. They also make a Pinot Grigio, which is notable for its lack of red color. At seven dollars per bottle, you sometimes have to take whatever color you get. You just hope it’s not too horrible.
Wolf down some of these:
Piggs Peake Werewolf Zinfandel/Shiraz – Zinfandel in Australia! Who knew? $8
How wine can turn you into a werewolf – “A bottle a night, two a night on weekends” ?? Werewolf tendencies could be the least of your problems.
Wolff Vineyards in Edna Valley – Beautiful wine country, just outside San Luis Obispo and not a werewolf in sight.
Stone Wolf Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – The stone wolf guards the vineyards. Finally, a good guy wolf!
Grey Wolf Cellars in Paso Robles – On the label: “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Georgia – They are in the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Randy Fuller writes about wine at NowAndZin.com. He has spent a career broadcasting, writing, tasting wine and watching movies. In one fell swoop, this multi-media multitasking has converged to a single point – Blood Of The Vines. He writes the printed version on the blog and also voices the podcast version available at NowAndZin.com. He’s always ready to open a bottle of wine and watch a movie. Ask him about it on Twitter.