What better way to indulge your love of great wine than by scheduling a vacation around it?
At Grape Camp in Sonoma County you’ll learn all about how wine is made through the hands on experience of picking grapes and blending your own wine, plus learning about wine, food, and cheese pairings during gourmet meals provided by master chefs.
This year the camp runs from September 27 – 29 and costs $1750 per person per couple (or $1900 for a single) and includes two nights accommodations at the Vintners Inn plus all meals, tastings, and transportation.
By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com
At the epicenter of California winemaking, perched on a hillside overlooking the bay, this Sonoma winery occupies the very first parcel of land ever to produce wine in California. Emil Dresel, a German immigrant with only a vine in his rucksack, built the Dresel & Co. name into the most celebrated vineyard of its time, only to be felled 60 years later by prohibition.
When Vintner Andrew Mariani approached Nothing: Something: with a plan to revive the Dresel & Co. vineyard under the name of Scribe, he stressed the importance of their history. In contrast, he wanted to create a brand that would appeal to the fast growing market of younger, savvier premium wine enthusiasts . Competing brands using flashy design were alienating the market by obfuscating the quality of the product.
In stark contrast, the Scribe direction uses only subtle, smart accents to deliver the point: a flipped trademark insignia amidst a refined logo creates a subtle anti-corporate wink; traditional label design balances unusual formatting and stripped -down screenprinted bottles to reflect Scribeâ€™s unusually no-nonsense approach.
With a smart PR push, a luxurious catalog and an informative commerce-enabled website, the Scribe brand launched to pressing interest and success, selling out of its inaugural release, signing important names to their membership program and inking deals with top-level distributors.
Source :: Lovely Package
Wine labels can say a lot about the wine inside, and they’re certainly a great opportunity for artistic and creative expression, but Oggau Estate Wine has taken wine labeling to a whole new level.
The Oggau Estate in Austria produces 9 varieties of wine, all of varying ages and characteristics, and what started as simply giving each wine a face, name, and ‘personality’ to help the drinker identify the wine inside (younger faces equals younger, lighter wine while older faces equal more aged varieties) eventually grew into something much more complex. The wines now not only have faces, names, and personalities, but also relationships and stories with each other as they’ve become a family of children, parents, and grandparents.
The wines have grown popular in Austria for both their quality and for the novelty of being able to collect the entire ‘family clan.’
By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com
The General Wine company asked burst* to create 2 wine labels, for a red and white wine from Chile to be sold direct to restaurants, airlines and retail in their high street outlets.
The brief objective was to position the brand as modern, but not transiently faddish. It has to live by its initial impact and all the first feelings about the brand will stem from its presentation.
burst* sourced illustrators to evoke the origins of the wine and crafted the labels with a credible New World feel.
Source :: www.thedieline.com
If you’re looking for a place to taste a variety of wines and even wine and food pairings, you’ll want to check out LocalWineEvents to find local wine tasting events and meals.
Unless you’re on the mailing lists of the companies and vineyards that put on wine tasting events and meals, you’re essentially out of the loop when it comes to finding out about them. LocalWineEvents indexes tasting events by state and city and provides an overview of the event including the costâ€”whether a flat fee, a per ounce fee, etc.â€”as well as the menu for the event and whether or not food will be served. In addition each entry has contact details in the form of a web site, phone number, and/or address.
You can browse listings in a variety of ways searchingâ€”by events at a location you enjoy visiting or put on by a particular company whose events you have enjoyed. Alternately you can hit up the local calendar and browse by day to see what’s going on during the time you have available.
LocalWineEvents is free and requires no signup to use, you contact and pay the event host directly.
By Jason Fitzpatrick | Source :: Lifehacker
Some 42,000 people die each week for lack of clean water, and the majority of them are children under 5 years old. Aiming to help alleviate this problem, online wine vendor CellarThief donates 100 days’ worth of clean water for every bottle of wine it sells.
Launched earlier this year, California-based CellarThief sells only three wines on its site at any given time, and they’re typically available for just 48 hours or until they sell out. All wines are hand-picked from world-class wineries by industry veterans, and CellarThief presents the story of each vintage as well as suggestions for food pairings. Prices are heavily discounted, CellarThief says, and shipping is USD 5 for any order of at least three bottles. Most interesting of all, however, is that the company has partnered with Charity:Water to provide clean water to those who need it. In addition to the donation made each time a bottle of wine is sold, further donations are made each time a wine sells out.
CellarThief’s corporate generosity will surely please the discerning palates of the members of Generation G, who increasingly expect such benevolence in return for their business. Currently the company ships only within the continental United States. One to partner with or emulate for the ethically minded oenophiles near you?
Source :: Springwise
Launch of Californian red wine with a functional advantage: low on histamine and tannins (less risk of getting a headache).
The idea was to create a metaphor that would reflect this advantage. The falling feather is a poetic picture and gives associations of lightness and relief.
The name also supports the story from the winemaker about Falconary, an ancient method used for protecting the vineyards from birds damaging the stocks.
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Packaging design for a bottle of Champagne to celebrate 60 years of Arborite.
Designer: Annabelle Fiset | Source :: Packaging World
Redesign of labels with a more modern look and better brand presence. The design alternates the matte background with the glossiness of the vertical Laurona brand.
There’s an added special effect as the wine is consumed: since the brand is transparent, the color changes as the wine is consumed, transforming from a black to a green bottle.
An explanatory text about the wine is included. So as not to single out any language from the different international sales markets, a Latin extract from Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historiae was chosen, which reviews the excellence of the region’s wines.”
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Source :: www.thedieline.com