This Wine Has Three Cats On The Label And It’s Awesome

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by

san lorenzo rosso conero la gattara

Dang, is this wine for real? YES! It came recommended from a highly trusted source and did not disappoint. The story of how it all transpired started like many others in the year 2014: Facebook.

My buddy Cameron posted that this wine is available at the restaurant he manages. (Tavolata in Seattle; excellent, do go there.) And it’s good. (Duh, like he’d hype it just for the felines.) Naturally, I needed to find out how good. So this scene played out when I stopped by for dinner:

Me: “Hi, I’m looking for a red wine from Italy and, uh, it has cats on the label.”

Server: “Uhhhhh…I’ll have to ask someone about that.” [Backs away slowly, prepares to dial 911.]

Luckily, Cameron was there that night to retrieve the bottle, assisting the (justifiably) puzzled waitress. And it turned out to be fantastic:

2008  Fattoria San Lorenzo Rosso Conero La Gattara

It’s from the Marche region in central Italy. And it’s a big, rich red. No shrinking violet here! Yet never over the top. It also got better and better the longer it was open. I ended up buying a sixer of this three cat wine for the purposes of squirreling (!?!!) awaw a few bottles for a spell. If you crack one open now definitely give it a big decant. I guarantee you by the second glass it will be purring like a…well, you know. (Hint: Not a squirrel.)

In conclusion, this blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese unites two things that make life grand: wine and cats.

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6 Responses

  1. Michaela says:

    I believe there are still more bottles of cat wine that need to be consumed.

  2. My husband is a huge Italian red wine fan, especially of those from Montepulciano and Sangiovese. I can’t wait to tell him about this one. (And the cat angle for the story won’t hurt.)

  3. SIRRI HANSON says:

    Hi Jameson:

    We just had our first taste of this (2017) at a dinner at The Inn at Langley on Whidby Island in Washington State. It was wonderful. I discovered your blog in an internet search to locate where I might purchase a couple of bottles. Any online sources you could recommend?



    • Jameson Fink says:


      Thank you for the nice comment; glad you found my blog. I love Whidbey Island!

      Indie Wineries is the distributor so I’d call them and they should be able to point you in the right direction: (206) 390-9609



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