I've been re-reading Anansi Boys and I came upon something that piqued my interest. It was a wine that Spider and Fat Charlie were drinking in honour of their dad passing. Spider called it a funeral wine.

Spider poured from the bottle a wine so tawny it was almost black. He filled each glass, then put one in front of Fat Charlie.

"A toast," he said. "To our father's memory."

"To Dad," said Fat Charlie, and he clinked his glass against Spider's - managing, miraculously, not to spill any as he did so - and he tasted his wine. It was peculiarly bitter and herby, and salt. "What is this?"

"Funeral wine, the kind you drink for gods. They haven't made it for a long time. It's seasoned with bitter aloes and rosemary, and with the tears of brokenhearted virgins."

When the wine was poured from a bottle it was so tawny it was almost black hence the thought of it to be a particularly dark red wine. This really tells me nothing since I'm not a wine connoisseur and I'm not a big fan of a red wine, but if some one could point me to a direction of what would be a closest real red wine to this description I would really appreciate it. Pointing out why some one would think it is not a real wine and just a figment of Gaiman's imagination would be acceptable as well.

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    Australian Shiraz vines are said to produce wine that noticeably contains salt. There is Rosemary wine, and aloe wine. If you're looking for something that may be similar, try getting a South East Australian Blend. snooth.com/region/south-east-australia – Gorchestopher H Oct 1 '12 at 2:30
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    It sounds to me like a flight of imagination more than a description of any real wine. The closest wines I can think of, though, would be red Vermouth — a herbal, often bitter, slightly sweet fortified wine. Dolin is my personal favourite brand (though I prefer their white to their red). – PLL Oct 1 '12 at 7:36
  • "Wine. Is. Red." – user14111 Sep 6 '15 at 21:32

In traditional West African cultures (where the stories of Anansi come from), ceremonial wine is made from palm trees. However, it is, as far as I can tell, white.

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