Taste Test: Is Your Rosé Fooling You With Its Pretty Bottle Design?

It?s recently been reported that younger generations of wine drinkers are drawn to bottles with attractive labels. But are the prettiest bottles always the most delicious?

In the spirit of summer, HuffPost conducted a taste test of 12 randomly chosen rosés in an attempt to answer to question, ?Am I drinking this rosé just because it has a pretty bottle??

Our team of editors tested this theory by setting up a taste test for 10 people. First we had the tasters rate 12 different bottles according to their appearance. Then we had the tasters rate each of the 12 rosés based solely on flavor. The trick is, we didn?t tell the tasters which bottle matched up with the wines they sipped.

So do flavor preferences match up with aesthetic preferences? In some cases yes, and in other cases, no. Out of our three best-tasting winners, one wine had a gorgeous bottle and the other two came from some of the ugliest bottles.

Read the results to see which wines? bottles are fooling you, and which ugly bottles you?re missing out on. They?re ranked by taste, in order from worst to best.

Note: HuffPost is not in any way affiliated with the wines featured in this taste test.

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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Became Cringey Real Fast

The ?Dirty Dancing? remake on ABC, which aired Wednesday night, was perhaps doomed from the start. Why mess with a classic? (Seriously, though: Why?) Early promos did little to dispel the fear that the remake was a hot mess waiting to happen; reviews that came in right before the special?s airtime didn?t help, either. 

The new version wasn?t totally reprehensible ? Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger are all charming, and J. Quinton Johnson of Broadway?s ?Hamilton? is a talented but underutilized new face. Still, the original ?Dirty Dancing? ? with its memorable lines and delightful rom-com trappings ? remains the girl ABC told its iteration not to worry about. Try as the network might, the ?Dirty Dancing? remake failed to capture the poignancy and heart of the original, preferring to whack its audience over the head with character exposition and the feminism that felt so fresh and subversive in the original film.

As with all one-time-only TV events these days, Twitter showed up to watch the glorious trainwreck firsthand. Let?s recap some of the cringe-ier moments.

All the out-of-place singing numbers

Johnny sang. Baby sang. Lisa sang. Dr. and Mrs. Houseman sang! Seriously everyone sang, presumably to flesh out the program so it would take up a full three-hour television block, and hardly any of it was memorable. ?Grease: Live!? this was not.

The unexpected drama with the Housemans? marriage

Jerry Orbach?s and Kelly Bishop?s characters never offered any indication in the original film that behind their picture-book marriage was a dried-up sex life and the threat of divorce, but thats what Baby?s parents were up to this time around. The resolution at the end ? they decide to stay together, nearly get caught by their kids while having sex, and even join in (singing!!!) the iconic final dance number. While it was nice to get a little more shading in of these characters, this plotline felt rushed.

The lack of chemistry between Baby and Johnny

Pretty much all of the Twitter commentary seemed to agree on one thing: Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes did not steam up the dance floor.

The missing Schumachers, the wallet-stealing elderly couple

Their whole part in the plot was subbed in with Katey Sagal?s character, a ?bungalow bunny,? framing Johnny for stealing her Rolex. The Schumachers were robbed (pun absolutely intentional).

The lackluster dance moves

In the original, dancing was everything. In this version, Breslin ?although she tried ? just wasn?t hitting those mambo steps with the same gusto Jennifer Grey did. 

The remaking of classic songs …

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ?Hungry Eyes? and ?She?s Like the Wind? should not be messed with.

… and the mishandling of the original film?s iconic lines

How do you make an unexpectedly delightful line about a watermelon so forced? How?! 

The awkward Baby-as-adult framing

Because nothing is sacred, the whole remake was framed around a 1980s Baby, now a grown-up, seeing ?Dirty Dancing: The Musical? on Broadway and reminiscing about the summer that changed everything. At the end ? surprise! ? she encounters Johnny Castle, who directed the production. Then, Baby?s kid and husband make an appearance, to show Johnny that she?s all grown up and cool now. Exit the theater, zoom in on Breslin?s face, and finish on a classic freeze frame shot. 

It all begged the question: But why?

Alas, even with the industry?s current thirst for remakes, on Wednesday night we all learned some things are better left alone.

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French TV Host Plays Cruel Joke On Gay Men And Sparks Global Backlash

A French television presenter is facing outrage after poking fun at gay people who responded to his spoof of a dating ad on his show.

On Monday?s episode of ?Touche Pas à Mon Poste? (or ?Don?t Touch My TV?), host Cyril Hanouna revealed that he?d posted an online ad claiming to be a bisexual man called Jean-José, the BBC reports. Jean-José was described in the ad as being ?very sporty and well endowed.?

A clip from ?Touche Pas à Mon Poste? shows Hanouna speaking in a snarky, somewhat effeminate tone as he chats with a man who replied to his ad. He?d also used a shirtless photo of filmmaker and YouTube personality Max Emerson in the ad. Emerson, 28, recently made waves when Instagram photos of him and his boyfriend, Andrés Camilo Hernandez, attending a military ball went viral. 

The segment quickly landed Hanouna in hot water. Nicolas Noguier of Le Refuge, a France-based LGBTQ advocacy group, told the BBC that one of Hanouna?s guests was ?distressed? by the prank since he had yet to come out as gay to his parents. ?We were devastated by his tears and his fear of being found out by his parents and those around him,? Noguier said, according to the report. 

The controversy prompted a number of high-profile advertisers, including Chanel, Nestlé and Disneyland Paris, to yank advertisements that aired during the primetime show. (BuzzFeed published a running list of companies that have pulled their advertisements from the show.) 

On Wednesday, GLAAD announced it was joining the Association of French LGBT Journalists in launching an online petition in both English and French asking supporters to speak out against Hanouna?s actions. Thus far, France?s Conseil Supérieur de l?Audiovisuel, which regulates television content, had received more than 25,000 complaints in response to ?Touche Pas à Mon Poste,? according to a GLAAD press release.

?This show not only humiliates gay people in the cruelest of styles, but glorifies a dangerous practice that continues to put gay men in harm?s way in France and around the world,? GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said in an email statement. Her organization, she said, urged ?our global community to speak out against the use of online dating profiles and apps to entrap and harm innocent LGBTQ people.? 

Emerson echoed those sentiments, calling the unauthorized use of his photos ?entirely unacceptable.? Earlier in the week, he blasted the move on Twitter. 

It isn?t the first time that Hanouna?s actions have made headlines. According to The Local, an English language French news site, viewers were angered by an October 2016 episode in which a ?Touche Pas à Mon Poste? guest kissed a woman?s breasts on the air. In addition, the host frequently mentions homosexuality, ?often to laugh about it in a disparaging manner,? on the program, according to the report

For his part, Hanouna said he was ?hurt? by the allegations of homophobia, noting it was ?everything he had been fighting against for years,? according to the BBC

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