#65 Cracklin' Rosie: Tonight I knew I wanted to do something with the color orange. I was also thirsty for a glass of wine and, "Voila!" My poster for May 15. Trying to name this one, I knew I wanted to steer clear of "Red Red Wine" because... you know... it's too obvious. I did a search and found out that Neil Diamond (whose music I love) wrote the song "Cracklin' Rosie" about a cheap bottle of Rosé. Who knew?? I surely didn't.
"Cracklin' Rosie, you're a store-bought woman
You make me sing like a guitar hummin'"
On the surface, this song appears to be about a spirited woman named Rosie. Truth be told it's about drinking a cheap blush wine. Cracklin' Rosie is a type of wine drunk by a native Canadian tribe that Diamond had visited in Canada. The title refers to rosé wine (misspelled, deliberately or not as Rosie) which is "crackling" - a US term equivalent to pétillant or lightly sparkling. Apparently, the tribe had more men than women. Cracklin' Rosie was the nickname they used for their homemade alcoholic brew, which the single men, who did not have dates, would sit around the fire and drink together.
Taken from: http://www.intowine.com/wine-songs-all-time-top-30
Now you know and knowing is half the battle!