Two months later, they announced their status as a couple, eventually entering a three year engagement in July of 1990.
The match couldn't have made more sense at the time. Depp reigned as the king of 90's heartthrobs, and Ryder was enjoying newfound fame since her debut in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and the now venerated teen comedy Heathers.
Their love was so passionate and true that Depp immortalized his betrothed on his arm with a tattoo reading, 'Winona Forever.'
However, the pair split three years later, and all Johnny retained from the experience was a really stupid tattoo.
And, like any right-minded man would have done in that situation, he altered his ex's name into a much more befitting phrase—'Wino Forever.'
He has the words 'Wino Forever' permanently etched into his flesh.
While this lack of hindsight seems to be a ludicrously bitter stroke of misfortune, it could be that Johnny was actually onto something. After all, our country is full of forever winos.
Wine is so important to our national population that an entire day (specifically February 18th) is dedicated to its consumption.
Beyond offering a variety of health benefits, wine is a totem object of reverence in numerous cultural practices. It is a vital religious image. It is a source of pride for thousands of generational vintners worldwide. It is a necessary component in many modern relationships.
And, in comparison to other types of alcohol, red wine contains “good” cholesterol and antioxidants that strengthen your arteries, prevent damage to blood vessels, and protect your heart from disease. (But, sadly not from a crazy, little disease called love.)
As it turns out, ascribing to the 'Wino Forever' lifestyle isn't an entirely bad idea.
So, what are you waiting for? Get boozy with us at The Hangar Tavern’s monthly Wine tasting every 3rd Thursday from 7-9pm! $10 gets you 10 wines samples, light snacks, and a raffle ticket for a jazzy prize.
Love is fleeting. Wine is forever.