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Sunday, May 29, 2005
Folie à Deux: Ménage à Trois


When I was in graduate school studying Clinical Psychology I happened across a book titled Uncommon Psychiatric Syndromes which included the syndrome Folie à Deux. I was fascinated by the concept and ended up writing a paper on it. When I moved to the Bay Area and discovered the winery Folie à Deux I was compelled to check it out -- the Rorschach-like logo of the dancing inebriated nymphs (you see that too, don't you?) touched my psychological and artistic sensibilities as I am a big fan of the Rorschach inkblot test. So, to compound my obsession, the winery came out with a wine series called Ménage à Trois. Now I would guess most people over 18 know what this French phrase refers to and it is always a treat asking for it in a store. In addition to loving twinship (wonderfully depicted by Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Marks), I am also into triangulation. So, of course, they produce three varieties: red, white and rose and each one is a blend of three wines. My fave -- the red -- is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet. Here is how Folie à Deux describes it, "Surrender to the seduction of dark, rich blackberry with a hint of pepper and a lush, lingering finish leaving you wishing for more..."



And this threesome is cheap too!

You can buy it online at the website for $12 a bottle and I have found it for about $11 at Whole Foods in Mill Valley, Andronicos on Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley, and Bi-Rite in San Francisco.

Another interesting note is when you read the history of the winery online it says it was started by "two close friends." We just visited the winery and when we asked the wine server the story behind the name he told us a different tale...he said Folie à Deux was started by two psychiatrists, a husband and wife team who ended up hating each other, bitterly divorcing, and ended up selling the winery. So, what really happened? Could it have been the Ménage à Trois?
 
 

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Along the lines of wines that have a sense of perverse humor-- and that is also good to drink, I like Bonny Doon's "Bouteille Call" (pronounced Booty Call). They describe it as a "Framboisified Port of Syrah 500ml - a very naughty beverage!"

https://secure3.nexternal.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=bonnydoon&BusType=BtoC&Count1=413662135&Count2=330802559

A good conversation start for $16 a bottle--if you know what I mean ;-)

6/01/2005 3:08 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, however, the Folie a Deux is now one of Trinchero's wide holdings. Now part of the McDonaldization of the wine industry, Folie a Deux will likely lose some of the wit and charm that other commenters have noted.

6/07/2005 1:25 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been fans of Folie a Deux for many years, and were very disappointed when we heard about the Trinchero buyout. At some point, this will affect the Folie line of wines, as winemaker Scott Harvey left to start his own winery. I highly recommend trying some of these wines before they no longer have Harvey's signature...

6/10/2005 11:49 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We sell this wine at the restaurant I work at. It's a major Chinese food Chaing. I walk up to every table and ask if they'd like to have a threesome.

11/16/2005 11:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you hear about the “ Tijuana Noir” marketing story?

Flores Campbell became widely known when excerpts of his ‘Tijuana Noir” appeared on the Google blogspot ‘Tijuana Noir” in late 2005 and caught the public’s fancy. By January 2006 a few chapters on the Ares search engine brought Flores Campbell a global audience.
Technorati.com top 100 Blogs in the blogsphere, sorted by unique links or most favorites named “Tijuana Noir” one of the biggest blogs in the last six months. The new rumor said Starbucks will be also a publishing house and that "Tijuana Noir" will be his first project by selling the book along with the new flavor of the month.

12/07/2006 2:56 PM

 

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