Unless youâ€™re a wine connoisseur, differentiating between a Pinot Noir and Bordeaux is difficult. At least thatâ€™s what various French wine producers and traders decided after supplying E. & J. Gallo, an American winery, with falsely labeled wines.
Over the past three years, E. & J. Gallo winery has been purchasing French wine and supplying it to Americans under false pretenses. While in similar situations a recall would be justified and swiftly enacted, this particular circumstance is different. According to The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, “[it] does not have recall authority.â€ Since the wine has not posed a health or safety issue, which is the usual recall reasoning, it just becomes an unfortunate incident.[more]
Unlike the staunch regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration for other food and beverage products, there doesnâ€™t seem to be comparable laws for the booming wine import industry. For instance, if American meat distributors were supplying poor-quality imported meats, the foreign meat trade would cease, and animals would be put through state-of-the-art tests or even killed.
These French wine producers and traders will pay tremendous fines for their actions. Still, however, a major and dangerous loophole has been uncorked in this recent grape debacle. It has yet to be seen what kind of actions will be taken, but some level of American embargos on French wine could very well be justified.
Source :: brandchannel
A brand new wine from Spain named EL PUÃ‘O. Inspired in the 1930s street graphics of political protest. (The winery was founded in the middle 30â€™s during Francoâ€™s rule, and their walls were hand painted with this kind of graphics).
Designed by Boldrini & Ficcardi | Illustration: Eugenia Barocci
Source :: Lovely Package
The key to wine may lie in the soil, but it’s the container that carries a heavy carbon footprint. That’s why Yealandsâ€”a sustainable winemaker from New Zealandâ€”is producing wine in plastic bottles. Shattering the shining, purist image of glass, the recyclable PET plastic used in Yealands’ newly launched Full Circle range generates 54% less greenhouse gas emissions and uses 19% less energy. The plastic bottles boast a weight saving of 89% over glass, earning them kudos as carbon-saving cargo.
The first full circle wine is a 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. To ensure that the wine quality is unaffected, Full Circle bottles use new DiamondClear technology, which keeps oxygen out of the wine, and feature best-before labels advising customers to drink the wine within 18 months. Yealands’ owner, Peter Yealands, believes that plastic-bottled wine is here to stay: “Tim Atkin, one of the UKâ€™s leading wine critics from the Observer, has declared war on overweight packaging by vowing to boycott wines sold in heavyweight wine bottles,” he says.
Yealands’ efforts at sustainability are far-reaching, from a solar- and wind-powered winery, to replacing lawnmowers with sheep in the vineyards. The company has already earned a CarboNZero certification from New Zealand’s Landcare Research organisation; the Full Circle range will bring Yealands yet more eco-bounty. Not only will it appeal to green-conscious consumers, the smaller size and lighter weight of the plastic bottles also makes them more convenient for picnics, and a new option for pubs and outdoor events where glass is banned.
There are definite echoes of the screw-top vs. cork debateâ€”will plastic bottles be the next vinous trend?
Source :: www.springwise.com
Similar to how dollar and discount stores are thriving in the ongoing recessionary climate, people are drinking just as much as ever â€“ if not more â€“ only, theyâ€™re selecting cheaper varieties.
And these varieties are not limited to domestic sources. Foreigners are actually drinking more Chilean wine than ever, with shipments up nearly 18 percent in 2009, as opposed to California wineries, whose 2009 shipments dropped by 4 million cases, according to consulting firm Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates.
The problem is that people are choosing cheaper vintages, preventing Chile’s wine brands from being able to “break out of the $10- to $20-per-bottle price point,” said Bill Crowley, professor emeritus at Sonoma State University.
A few years back, the Chilean wine industry decided to simultaneously curb supply and fund a global campaign aimed at promoting their wares, all in the name of achieving higher prices.
But the recession destroyed this goal, and currently the industry is in something of a holding pattern. Making matters worse are the vinters who are selling in bulk to compete with countries like Argentina, Australia, and South Africa â€“ all of whom are fighting for a share of the low-end wine trade.
This means that when the recession finally lifts, the quality that Chilean wineries were hoping to embody may be tarnished. Sounds like these guys could use a drink.
Source :: brandchannel
This is a series of anniversary wine bottles created as a wedding gift. The theme of the wedding was birds. Using birds as inspiration, the 1st anniversary bottle showcases blue birds to represent the blue sky ahead and the newness of the marriage.
The 5th anniversary bottle uses green birds to symbolize the growth of the marriage. The 10th anniversary bottle uses orange birds to represent the years and seasons that have passed.
Created & designed by Meggan Cook.
Source :: www.thedieline.com
The Optimist is a self-promotional holiday wine bottle designed by Greg Bennett for Siquis. Each year Siquis shows their clients how much they care by designing a custom wine bottle label just for them. The label is always created by a different designer in their creative department.
This yearâ€™s graphic was designed to play on â€œis the glass half empty or half fullâ€ concept. Once the recipient rotates the bottle to fill their glass, the glass on the label also becomes half full. One of Gregâ€™s many beliefs is that a design is only as good as itâ€™s production. What that means is that you can have a great design but if it is produced poorly, the result will be a mediocre piece at best.
That being said, this label was letterpress printed at Studio On Fire ensuring this bottle design is sure to delight even the toughest critics.
Production Notes: This wine bottle label was letterpress printed on Strathmore Ultimate White Label stock with a kiss cut die for finishing that punched out the tiny glass area. Wine bottles are notorious for their ever so slight taper. Because of this, I went through a process which I call “taper testing” to get the label to wrap just right.
By adjusting the end points of the label along with the BÃ©zier curves, I was able to get the label to naturally wrap the bottle and align on the back. This could not have been achieved with straight edges. All in all, I went through about 75 labels before I was happy.
Source :: www.thedieline.com
Custom winery Crushpad has been in San Francisco for six years but the entrepreneurial start-up will finally have a Napa winery to call its own. The company is moving into a winery in the Oak Knoll District called Silverado Trail Wine Studio. The Wine Studio site is owned by Crushpad’s largest wine grape supplier, Premier Pacific Vineyards and includes both a winery and a 25-acre vineyard.
Crushpad will make the move in early March and will continue bottling at its existing San Francisco site through most of February. The San Francisco Business Times reports that Crushpad founder Michael Brill said that the upstart winemaker is getting a presence in Napa for less than the $10-$20 million it normally costs.
The company has seen business boom over the past few years(in 2008 Crushpad was able to raise $9 million from loyal customers) and has expanded their offerings to include both California and Bordeaux winemaking opportunities as well as blended wines available for special events like weddings.
By Deidre Woollard | Source :: www.luxist.com
Packaging design by Diego Ballester.
Source : Packaging World.
Itâ€™s hard to speak pretentiously about terroir with secret sauce dripping down your chin. Los Angeles-based Learn About Wineâ€™s Blind Date tastings pair a variety of respectable reds with beloved In-N-Out Double-Double cheeseburgers.
The tastings are held on assorted Friday nights in a downtown loft and boast 20 one-ounce blind pours. Each night of the series features a different red: merlot, cab, zinfandel, pinot noir and Rhone. Afterwards the wines are revealed so that tasters can ensure they pair the right bottle with their next combo meal. But you canâ€™t get fries with that â€” wine tasting has to retain some level of class!
What this means to business:
Californians, with their own lively vinoculture, know that wine is not just for snobs, and most oenophiles know the scene at the end of the movie Sideways speaks the truth: Wine goes with just about anything, including a hamburger.
Mainstream consumers are curious about wine, but are often intimidated by the snooty reputation and endless rows of bottles on the shelf. A class that pairs vino with fast food opens the door to massclusivity and welcomes all to swirl and sip.
Learn About Wineâ€™s â€œBlind Dateâ€ wine tasting + burgers series.
By Tori Davis | Source :: www.blog.iconoculture.com
MyWineDirect has some interesting predictions for the future of the wine business.
Thanks to Mike Duffy.