The Wine Curmudgeon got an email from a reader: Did I have any of the plastic bulls that come with the Sangre de Toro? That's the red Spanish blend from the Torres family that has been around for since the end of World War II. Its trademark is the little black plastic bull that you get when you buy a bottle of the wine.
Or, as it turns out, most of the company's wines these days, and the bulls now come in a variety of colors. The bulls have been a key to the popularity of Torres wines around the world for more than 40 years, and they're one of the reasons why I tried my first bottle in the early 1980s. That's the bull hanging from the neck of the bottle, left.
The reader, who needs the bulls for a special occasion, wanted to borrow mine. At one time, I had hundreds around the house, but they seem to have vanished, though did I offer to send him what I had. And, since he is a reader, why not do him one better? Hence, this post.
If anyone in the cyber-ether has any of the bulls lying around, send me an email. I'll forward the reader's contact information, and you can send him your bulls. I'll also make a few calls to some people I know in the wine business, and see what turns up.
Why the mystery? The reader needs the bulls to surprise someone, so we need to be discrete. Rest assured the bulls will be used for a good cause, and I'll report the results here. And, I'm told, there will be pictures.