Many of our long time customers will remember that ten years ago on Valentine’s Day, this AssClown walked into FranksWine to find a nice bottle of wine for his sweetheart. Donning a red Phillies hat and grey hoodie, we greeted him as he entered the shop and strolled into the wine room.
Usually we’ll give folks a few minutes to browse before we ask if they need help, but this classy wine aficionado had already picked out a bottle of Tuck Beckstoffer 2009 Est 75 Cabernet Sauvignon… nice selection, Mr. Assclown!
He proceeded to the counter with the bottle in his hand. Scott and I were both occupied with other customers at the time and we were not near the check-out counter. Mr. AssClown waits impatiently for about 20 seconds, but decides that was too long… so he walks out with his girl’s gift!
How romantic. He didn’t even stick around for his free Valentine’s Day gift wrap. Scott followed him out only to see him hurriedly pulling out of the lot in his shiny white Volvo SUV.
This obviously irked the hell out of us especially after reviewing the surveillance video. Hmmm, what to do? Well, I posted a picture of Mr AssClown on Facebook and within 24 hours it was LIKED by 640 friends, hilariously commented on by 660 and passionately shared by 46 AND the story was picked up by DelawareOnline.com where 195 others shared it from that site. This guy is certainly getting around town!
Impressed and amused by everyone’s interest I pulled out my iPhone the next morning and made a video and posted it to YouTube which so far has been viewed by 2,856 people… oh boy! I’m sure that number will double by the end of this week!
So, what about Mr. AssClown ‘s wine of choice? How is it? I popped a bottle in his honor that Saturday night… glad he has good taste in wine!
So good in fact that I decided to buy a bunch of it and slap a nice discount on it. The Tuck Beckstoffer 2009 Est 75 Cabernet Sauvignon was our featured wine for the week… we planned to have Mr. AssClown at the shop pouring it that whole weekend!
But alas, it was not to be.
Two weeks later I offered a bounty via this YouTube video (a 12 bottle case of AssClown)
I withdrew my bounty. At this point, I just want to meet Mr. AssClown, shake his hand, and thank him for all the great exposure and fun we’ve had at his expense
AssClown is still out on the lamb. There’s not a week that has gone by without someone asking me “Hey Frank, you ever catch that AssClown?”
At that years Frank’s Golden Wine Event we even had a name tag made up for Mr. AssClown in anticipation of him accepting my invitation and 2 complimentary tickets to our sold out event… he was a now show.
I’m sure you’ve seen our gift note bottle tags in our shop, but have your seen this one?! Good friend Anne Riley of North Star Design
In Production: Commemorative T-Shirts & Grey Hoodies with below logo coming soon!
Here’s a clever graphic that Stephen Webb, now retired from ZZHouse Design Studio in Newark, created. He also made up a stack of 8 1/2″ x 11″ stickers of this image which started popping up on telephone poles all around New Castle County… oh my.
It still blows me away that with the tens of thousands of impressions of Mr. AssClown this past decade that NO ONE knows who he is.
Memo to Mr. AssClown: if you’re that good about hiding and withholding your identity why settle with a $25 bottle of wine? You’ve got it in you to be a great Mob Boss and go underground. Yup… a true AssClown!
I have defaced over 5000 bottles of Tuck Beckstoffer Est 75 Cabernet Sauvignon this past decade and I’m still at it.
Now we’re on to the 2019!
If you haven’t tasted this wine do yourself a favor… Mr. AssClown knows his reds!
Tuck Beckstoffer 2019 Est 75 Cabernet
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$19.99 until it disappears!
The 2019 is a blend of vineyards from Lake and Napa Counties. Beckstoffer finds these diverse, high quality vineyards to compliment one another perfectly. The high altitude rocky vineyard sites in Lake County deliver angularity, complexity and austerity while the Napa Valley fruit provides deep concentration and focus.
This wine is dense and tremendously focused, with a wonderful nose and palate of cedar, blueberry, saddle leather and white pepper. The finish showcases a perfect balance of acid, tannin and sweet toasted oak. Meticulous, detail oriented winemaking and complete attention to detail has produced a wine of tremendous presence and complexity that must be tasted to be believed… just ask Mr. AssClown !