A beautiful wine packaging concept for a South African red and white wine.
SommelierCellar is the UK's first online private sales club for wine and offers deals from the World's finest estates. SommelierCellar offers its members private sales of fine wine at up to 50% off the original retail price. The wine will only be available for limited periods of time to its network of members. Joining up is free and there will be new sales each week.
The wine offers are selected by UK Best Sommeliers, Matt Wilkin and Andrea Briccarello and top wine writer, Chris Losh. The site will also include advice from the buying team including tasting notes and food pairing information. Wines, sold by the case of six bottles, will be offered for up to two weeks, or until the stocks have sold out. When a wine is selected by the buying team, members are notified via email. When the individual sale is over, that particular wine won't appear again. Once bought, the wines will be delivered to the members' home or office within 7 days.
To become a member of SommelierCellar, and benefit from exclusive fine wine sales visit www.sommeliercellar.com and register your details. Those signing up to be members before the end of November will receive a £10 voucher to be redeemed against their first purchase. Any member who introduces a friend will receive an additional £10 with no limit to the amount members can earn.
By Deidre Woollard | Source :: www.luxist.com
Europe loves wine. Sure, Belgium has its beer and Britain (and France) its cider, but really, wine is the most popular drink on the continent.
And as the rise of ‘branded’ wines continues apace, Europe has not been exempt. While the modern focus on branded wine tends to look across the Atlantic and ‘Down Under’ (Blossom Hill, Jacob’s Creek et al); Europe was first on the scene with Blue Nun back in the 1920s and le Piat D’or in the 1980s. Although the market for these wines declined as the New World took off, now names such as Campo Viejo have opened up the market for quality wine brands across Europe.
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"With Chile much in the news (albeit for reasons unrelated to wine), I went looking for the cause for this particular sentiment. I found that the fault, in many ways, lies with Chilean winemakers themselves—at least with the producers of three decades ago. The wines exported then were fairly unremarkable but priced to compete with some of the cheapest wines in the U.S. While this strategy helped to secure Chilean wines a spot on the market, it tarnished their reputation among wine drinkers, who continued to associate all subsequent (though often superior) efforts with that first wave."
Source :: Big Think
Patricia Kluge has thrown her heart, soul and no small amount of money into her Virginia wine business but that may not have been enough. C-Ville.com is reporting that Kluge Winery and Vineyard, the business that she and her husband Bill Moses opened in 1999, is in the hands of its lenders. Last month, Trevor Gibson, who had been the company's chief financial officer for five years, left Kluge Winery. Details of what happened aren't exactly clear but C-Ville.com has a statement from Bill Moses that says that the bankers have taken the first steps toward "dismantling the winery as an operating business as well as an auction of the property."
Kluge and Moses have Albemarle House, their 45-room English style manor, on the market for $48 million and earlier this year they sold off the contents at Sotheby's in a two-day buying bonanza that brought in $15.2 million. A sale of her jewelry brought in around $5 million.
TheHook.com says that a foreclosure notice list a total debt of $34,785,000. The assets of the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyards include 907 acres in southern Albemarle County, 164 of which are vineyards. The sale would also include the Farm Shop and tasting room, as well as offices, production buildings, six employee houses, and a 34,000-square-foot former carriage museum. A sale scheduled for December 8 is set to take place at the vineyard office building on Grand Cru Drive in the southeastern part of the county while a second auction on December 11 in Madison would sell off 15,000 cases of Kluge Estate wine.
TheHook.com is also reporting that the lender Farm Credit filed a lawsuit against Kluge and Moses October 29 in Albemarle Circuit Court. According to that article, the couple also faced foreclosure on "Glen Love" a luxury spec house they developed at Vineyard Estates that was our estate of the day back in 2008 when it was listed at $6.8 million.
Kluge and Moses are still in negotiations with the lenders and may yet be able to save the winery before the auction.
By Deidre Woollard | Source :: Luxist
After working in the wine industry for over 15 years in every conceivable facet ( hence the tag line "forty thousand hours in each bottle" ) Jeremy launched his own Wine Brand & Tasting Room located in downtown Lodi.
The yin to the overtly masculine Jeremy label, the flagship Jeremy Wine Co. label looks to balance the brand with its softer lines and overall feminine aesthetics. A flowing dieline, supporting necker, delicate blind embossed texture and a refreshing "sea glass" color scheme compound the crisp, clean, look and feel of this Albarino's package.
The Four Seasons is getting in on the Twitter wine tasting trend, hosting its first virtual event and you don't even have to head to a Four Seasons to participate (although really, why wouldn't you?). The event takes place on November 17 and focuses on perfect pairings for the upcoming holidays and will highlight wine knowledge from three sommeliers with more than 25 years of combined experience.
James Tidwell, Co-Founder and Current Head of the Texas Sommelier Association; Mark Sayre, one of Wine & Spirits magazine's "7 Best New Sommeliers of 2010"; and Dana Farner, recognized as "one of the best around" by Bon Appétit magazine, will lead participants in a virtual guided tasting of three wines: Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling, Paraiso Vineyards Syrah, and the Chappellet Mountain Cuvee.
The discussion will address the unique flavor profiles of each wine and how to pair them with seasonal dishes or use them in a Thanksgiving holiday menu. The event will end with a Q & A session. To join in log-on to Twitter at 6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET on November 17, 2010 and search for the hashtag #FSWine. You can also join a dedicated Tweetup at the nearest participating Four Seasons hotel or resort. Tweetups will be held at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta; Four Seasons Hotel Austin; Four Seasons Hotel Boston; Four Seasons Hotel Chicago; The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel; Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas; Four Seasons Hotel Houston; Four Seasons Hotel Miami; Four Seasons Hotel New York; Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach; Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia; Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
By Deidre Woollard | Source :: Luxist
The unique full wrap dieline forms the phonetic ” J ” for Jeremy (why phonetic? “because we want to stimulate all your senses when experiencing these wines”), which also reads as a lowercase ” f ” alluding to the tagline “forty thousand hours in each bottle” when the wine is poured (invert the bottle).
This duality is reinforced in the brand logotype, and further pushed in the package details & nuances (blind embossed typographic texture balanced with a hand applied vintage metal tag; contemporary minimalism meets old world tradition). This duality is a key symbolic element as it personifies both Jeremy’s personality and approach to wine making.
"The theory has its origins in the biodynamic movement, which Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, began in the early 20th century. The ideas are simple, albeit eccentric. Biodynamic wine is created from grapes grown in harmony with nature. This means that the wine is not only organic, but also crafted with a heightened awareness of stars and planets—that is, the forces of cosmic energy. Because such wine growers view the vineyard as a living organism, they presume the grapes are affected by the moon, like other living things. Similarly, consumers should be mindful of when they drink such wine, as the phases of the moon affect the taste of the vintage."
Source :: Big Think