Can you still buy ripple wine?


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Lard Ass answered

No. Ripple is no longer made. It was made in the 60's and 70's. You MIGHT be able to find a unopened bottle on eBay, but the wine itself would be undrinkable.

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Lynn Blakeman answered

Ripple wine is available on auction sites such as eBay, but I'm not sure if it would be in a drinkable condition, and there is no guarantee of its originality. However, expect to pay between $150 and $200.

Where can you buy Ripple Wine these days?

Ripple wine was manufactured by  E.J. Gallo from 1960-1984. It was a very popular drink, although "real" wine lovers argued that it was more of a punch than a wine.

It may have been due to its low price that production stopped as maybe it was no longer viable, or it may have been pressure from the government as it was too cheap and easy for people to get drunk on the stuff!

It was certainly very popular with teenagers and the rising hippie movement who thought it a very "cool" drink. I think Ripple Wine was the "alcopops" of its day, so it started a bit of a trend. It was aimed at the young, and people who weren't really keen on other alcoholic drinks.

TV and radio ads labelled it "the ice cold refresher with twice the pleasure,”  and, a little creepily perhaps, “the wine that winks back at you.”

The bottle had a ripple effect and eventually came in three flavours - original, pear and pagan pink. Gallo decided against putting their name on the bottle though which possibly speaks volumes regarding their own faith in the product!

Strangely, Ripple Wine's praises have been sung (literally) by many stars. The drink's name has appeared in songs by Dan Shoemake, Arlo  Guthrie, Gordon
Lightfoot, Johnnie Johnson, Loudon Wainwright III,  Hanoi Rocks,
Motorhead and Easy-E.

The following advert was probably fine in its day but right now...well, take a look!

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Orange Harley answered

Ripple wine still exists? My granddad told me that Ripple is one of the popular wine in their days. But now no Ripple wine.

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