Viral picture shows shocking fact you (probably) didn't know about MD 20/20

You've probably enjoyed a bottle of two of MD 20/20 but what does the name stand for? Clue: it's not what you think

Published 23rd Jan 2018
Updated 19 th Feb 2024

For most of us, MD 20/20 has (and always will be) known as Mad Dog 20/20. But it has recently been revealed by a picture doing the rounds online that the MD stands for something that few people expected.

Owned and made by a New York based wine company, the MD refers to the company name, Mogen David rather than the commonly perceived 'Mad Dog'.

People took to social media to express their shock at this revelation.

Although MD 20/20 has been enjoyed in Scotland for years, it is not as fondly known or remembered in its home country of America and is often referred to as 'bum wine', a term used to describe any fortified, high alcohol, low cost drink.

No matter what the real name is, it'll always be Mad Dog 20/20 to us!

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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