The State of Alabama's liquor agency has banned the sale of wine which features a "nude nymph" on its label.
The label on Cycles Gladiator wine shows a naked nymph with flowing hair flying alongside a winged bicycle.
Alabama's liquor regulations bar labels with "a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner."
According to the winery's website, the labels are based on a Parisian bicycle advertisement dating from the late 19th century:
Started in Paris in 1891 by Alexandre Darracq (an eccentric, who would
later become famous for manufacturing automobiles), Gladiator was one
of the dozens of bicycle companies that saturated the market when the
cycling craze boomed. The Golden Age of cycling reached its pinnacle in
1895—and that same year printer G. Massias unveiled one of the great
Parisian advertising posters. Only four of these original posters exist
The famed artwork that once showcased the stylish Cycles
Gladiator now graces the bottles of our classic wines from California’s
Central Coast. The mythological image of the nymph riding her winged
bicycle captures the grace and uninhibited beauty of our hillside