#LostInhibitions Wine: No F*cking Kidding

#LostInhibitions EFFING EPIC wine label and glass partial

Lost Inhibitions EFFING EPIC: irony not lost

One thing about Bernie Hadley Beauregard: you never know what the guy’s going to come up with next!

Hadley Beauregard, of Blasted Church, Therapy Vineyards (Freudian Sip), Dirty Laundry (and a host of other labels/brands) fame, looks set to repeat the kind of off-the-chart success registered by Moon Curser with his latest, even cheekier endeavour.

Remember Moon Curser—the gaudy bottle design that everyone loved to hate: it’s become arguably one of the most recognizable bottles both at home here in BC or anywhere. And to make so much sense out of such a nonsensical name? Then again, the wines also deliver. And that is the crux of the issue.

BHB’s latest effort (through Brandever Marketing) is a project for the Okanagan’s Church & State wines. It’s a deliberately provocative undertaking that pushes the boundaries of taste for various people in different ways. Different strokes for different folks indeed!


#LostInhibitions: the Plan

Church & State say they asked themselves: “What would be possible if we lost all of our inhibitions, if we checked any pre-conceived notions about wine and traditional blends at the door, and set out to create a truly spectacular wine that flooded all of the senses?  We wanted our white blend to have great personality, beautiful aroma complexity, supremely intense flavours, and a huge mouthfeel.”

Well, that’s a fairly significant whack of hyperbole on which to deliver. But the “Lost Inhibitions” white blend which I tasted—that just happens to be called THIS IS EFFING EPIC certainly comes up with the goods.

This is a bit of a classic “cocktail” blend (of 35.18% Viognier, 19.7% Gewurztraminer, 16.83% Sauv Blanc, 16.36% Chardonnay, 7.3% Riesling, 3.05% Orange Muscat, 1.58% Roussanne). Now, if you saw that on a wine label, You might be tempted to see yourself “what were they thinking–or smoking?” And move on to the next label.

Enter the boundless imagination of Mr Beauregard and his cohorts, who realised that, sometimes, the best thing is to say as little as possible about the wine, as long as you can reach your intended audience in a way that most appeals to them.

These labels are nothing if not deliberately edgy, excessively cheeky and above all generationally distinctive. To conservative wine drinkers and stick-in-the-mud, older cork dorks, the very notion of something as in your face as “CARPE DIEM BITCHES” on a wine label might be just a wee bit too much to swallow—even on a good day.

Who cares!

All you have to do is to tune in to social media – #lostinhibitions – to witness the instant success, wrapped in an exuberant, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter fuelled firestorm of activity to know that these new labels have hit their mark with absolute laser precision.

No mention of price, blend or anything: the names alone (from “CLASSY, SASSY, SMART-ASSY” to “YOU’RE SO F*UCKING CLASSY”… and seemingly more) had some people running to find them.


#LostInhibitions YOU'RE SO F*CKING CLASSY wine label and glass partial

Yup, this one had me wondering if it really was an April Fool’s joke

#LostInhibitions in the bottle

As for the wines themselves, they actually do stand up to scrutiny.

Lost Inhibitions White 2014 sports aromas of apple and pear, followed by a surprisingly full-bodied palate, with hints of citrus, peach-nectarine from the Viognier and even some rose petal from the Gewurz, all wrapped in mouth watering acidity. 90 pts. $18-$20.

Lost Inhibitions Red 2013, an approachable blend (51.7% Merlot, 30.6% Cab Franc, 13.6% Malbec, 4.1% Petit Verdot ) has black fruit jumping out of the glass, before a palate that just manages to steer clear of the overtly commercial sweet style, but does revel in unabashed sweet black fruit flavours, with mocha tones, easy tannins and good length. 89 pts. $20-$22


I also couldn’t help but chuckle at the tag-line: “At Church & State we let our wines speak for themselves, even if they’re a bit mouthy…”

For some reason, it had me thinking of CedarCreek—but in a good way.




By | 2018-01-21T15:05:11+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Wine|2 Comments

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Tim has been covering the food and wine revolution for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming cuisine and wine culture of British Columbia, Canada. Tim’s hallmark is seeking out and recommending value wines from BC and around the world that offer quality at every level. He also scopes out noteworthy restaurants that live up to their promises—and often over deliver. Readers depend on the Hired Belly for his “Belly’s Best” and “Belly’s Budget Best” picks to help them find the right wine for the occasion. He writes, tweets and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications. They include Taste magazine, Tidings Magazine, and Montecristo. His columns are frequently picked up by major newspapers across Canada. Tim is a frequent judge for wine competitions, such as Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. He is a founding judge of The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine. He is frequently invited to judge at The BC Wine Awards, and others. Tim has traveled to taste in many of the world’s leading wine regions, most recently in Burgundy, Argentina and Chile.


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