It’s what I want for Christmas. It’s all about Fred G. Sanford, and the G stands for “God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen (You Too, Rollo)”.

UPDATE: A reader writes:

When I was in college in the 80s, a couple of friends of mine and I decided we had to find and try ripple. In the vast majority of cases when we approached a liquor store clerk about it (using my expired University of Minnesota library card as fake ID), the guy would pause, screw his face up, and then say “Ripple…isn’t that Fred Sanford’s drink?” One guy just started singing the (instrumental) Sanford & Son theme song. Finally, one grizzled veteran at a counter said “Kid, there must be 600 liquor stores in Boston, and not more than three carry Ripple.” We learned a hard lesson about the futility of effort in this fallen world when we went to every single one we could find, with no luck.

If any of your legion of readers can locate the nectar, please let me know.


According to, Gallo ceased production of Ripple at some unspecified time in the past. We are only left with Fred’s memories, and this commercial: