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AC/DC: Coming To a Wine Aisle Near You

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When you think fine wine, you think classic hair-metal bands, right? No? Well, maybe you should. Australian rockers AC/DC are teaming up with one of their homeland's most respected vintners, Warburn Estate, to sell a line of four varieties of wine.

If uncorking a bottle while rocking out sounds like an appealing evening, here are your options: "Highway to Hell" Cabernet, "Hells Bells" Sauvignon Blanc, "Back in Black" Shiraz, and "You Shook Me All Night Long" Moscato.

AC/DC aren't the first sagging rock stars to capitalize on nostalgia by invading the booze aisle. Believe it or not, this is now something of a trend.

Whitesnake last summer launched a Zinfandel, which frontman David Coverdale described as "a bodacious, cheeky little wine, filled to the brim with the spicy essence of sexy, slippery Snakeyness ... (recommended) to complement any and all grown-up friskiness and hot tub jollies."

Kiss, never afraid to slap their painted faces on another product, peddles what may be the premier hair-metal plonk; you can get their 2002 vintage Kiss This Destroyer Cabernet for $72, marked down from $90, from their partner Celebrity Cellars.

And if a band with a bottle-ready name doesn't think of it first, wine producers are within their rights to go ahead and trademark the name for bottling anyway. Witness Deep Purple, the groovy-labeled, recession-friendly Zinfandel distributed at Target stores.

One wonders: If they'd known back in the '80s there would one day be so much business in rock-band-branded booze, might Poison have picked a different name?

(See also: Wine Proves More Recession-Proof Than Beer and How One European Company Hopes to Trick Women Into Buying More Wine)
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