Hello Kitty, everyone’s favourite Japanese cartoon kitten, has now expanded her empire of adorableness to include wines. Made mostly of Pinot Noir grapes, which tend to taste like cherries, strawberries, and raspberries, coupled with some Chardonnay, these wines are available as white, red, and rosé wines, in both regular and sparkling varieties in the United States. True to Hello Kitty’s brand persona, they are adequately light, acidic, and full of a rosy sweetness in terms of aroma.
Sanrio, Hello Kitty’s parent company, created these wines by collaborating with Torti Winery in Italy, to produce both blush and white wines under the Hello Kitty label over the course of an entire decade. The four-wine collection includes Cupido, Charmy, Lady, and Rosé, called the Hello Kitty Sparkling Brut Rosé, the Hello Kitty Sparkling “Sweet Pink,” the 2008 Hello Kitty Angel Whit, and the 2006 Hello Kitty Devil Red.
Even though these bottles are hard to come by, they are clearly crafted with great care, considering the fact that they are unavailable even in the Hello Kitty Cafe. They are, however, available in one Antonello Ristorante in Santa Ana, California, which is also set to debut a special menu to accompany the wines. This will include a Hello Kitty salad with watermelon pieces in the shape of Hello Kitty, and a Hello Kitty-shaped flourless chocolate cake. The owner of the winery, Patrizia Torti, also told Los Angeles Times, “We produce a special bottle with a heart, only for Hello Kitty.”
While these are not available in India yet, at least the seven-year-old in us can daydream about drinking pink-coloured sparkling wine now. We can’t wait to get our hands on this new dose of cuteness.