For many of you readers out there, it’s almost time to mosey up to the dining room table and give thanks over an exceedingly large meal. Well while you’re at it, we hope you’ll pour yourself a glass of wine and help a needy kid on the other side of the world. Intrigued? Just check out No House, a new wine label out of South Africa.
Lunar cycles, celestial rhythms, mystical teachings, these are the makings of a truly unique glass of wine. And it is exactly what you can expect from the debut vintage of Burn Cottage Vineyard, nestled in the coveted foothills of Central Otago, New Zealand. Burn Cottage is a new, entirely biodynamic winery that embraces a most enchanting practice in viticulture, balancing terroir winemaking with minimal technology, a harmonious farm ecosystem, and an emphasis on accentuating the natural genius of the property.
The aromatic white wines from New Zealand’s boutique winery &Co are the embodiment of simplicity. Founded only in 2009, this winery seeks to produce a single unique estate wine each year from their north-facing hillside vines that are said to bear notes of passionfruit, guava and lime.
Finally, a group of creative types in the United States have come together with a mission to make wine labels cool, approachable, and pleasing to look at. Say hello to Proof Wine Collective. Furthermore, their clients are small wine producers that are exceptionally passionate about winemaking, employing a terroir driven approach to their purple stuff.
The Blonde Bombshell is right. With its inspired pulp-movie-esc look and feel this new California white is sure to seduce. The brainchild of wine maker Jeff Booth, The Blonde Bombshell was the result of combining two Californian favorites – Hollywood and wine – into one badass sexy bottle.
Having met during the making of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola and film production designer Dean Tavoularis continued to put their creative minds together for years following the film’s close. A few more films, interior and exterior designs, and other random projects later, Tavoularis’ artwork is now gracing the labels of Francis Coppola Reserve wines.
At Gut Oggau Estate Wines, generations of vintners have been producing Austrian wines with quality and character. Literally. To help the drinker identify what they can expect once the cork is popped, Gut Oggau assigned an actual face and personality to their wines. Each portrait on the label has a name and tells a story.
Based out of an old tractor factory, the Mini Garage Winery rocks garage-style packaging to hold its fruit brandy. Cherry, pear, and plum schnapps are stored in sleek canisters that represent the wineries’ grease-monkey roots.
Wine by Some Young Punks is, as you could guess, the product of three young Australian winemakers who have a reputation for solid wines and standout labels. The images plastered across the bottles are inspired, ‘bright and intense’ — intended to echo the wines themselves. Selected from original 1950s book covers, the packaging, like the […]
Ever been totally confounded by the wine selection at your local booze shop? 94wines is here to help. Using a fun little survey on its website, the Dutch company claims it can find several wines that will be a perfect match for your particular tastes. Just answer six simple questions (Do you prefer mint or […]
Among ‘garage’ wine makers, Justin Lane is a legend for his passionately crafted wines, eclectic style, and loveable rogue-vintner ways. So after years of making other people’s bottles notorious, Lane’s newest incarnation — his own unique wine label — has been well anticipated. So too has its accompanying cellar door, AB&D Wine Salon. Here, Lane’s Alpha Box & Dice wines can be tasted in this quirky, though stylish, space. And the wines, like the cellar door, are full of character.
Australian vintners Inkwell commissioned design firm Mash to create a new look for their bottles. The inkblot concept may seem obvious, but it’s really well done, and lends the bottles a sense of elegance and mystery — it will also really jump out on a shelf alongside a bunch of other wine.
Continuing in its tradition of striking brand imagery, the oh-so Italian apertif, Campari, has launched three inspired reinterpretations of its label. To celebrate its 150th birthday, the brand enlisted three contemporary artists for its Art Label Project: an initiative to highlight the cocktail’s long-standing love affair with the art world.
So, first, a basic ‘You Ought To Know’ fact about wine. Expensive and palette seducing alcoholic grape juice always, and I mean always, highlights a sense a place. Meaning that the savvy wine drinker should be able to express the region where the grapes originates – with the über-connoisseur able to pinpoint a specific vineyard site and sometimes even that very plot of land within that vineyard. But, let’s be real. We’re rarely looking to drop $600 plus for that special Harlan Napa Cab experience and much of the time all we really want is that no-frills ‘Drink Till You’re Drunk’ Wine. Right?
Is that a one thousand dollar bottle of Mouton Rothschild with a label emblazoning the commissioned work of a famed artists such as Kadinsky, Chagall, Dali or Picasso? No and No. Instead, what you’re looking at is a surprisingly affordable bottle from the Australian producer, R Wines.