Wine-o-saurs: wine racks that look like dinosaurs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 16 April 2014

You might have already sipped on 20- or 30-year old wine, but have you tasted Jurassic-period wine? These dinosaur-shaped wine bottle holders will make conventional wine rack extinct. Hand-made by Pete Betcher of Etsy store ‘TheBackPackShoppe’, the Wine-O-Saurs come in three species that can hold 750ml bottles: Stegosaurus, Parasaur, and Dimetrodon.

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One for the cellar: The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Shiraz

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Food and Packaging on Sunday 6 April 2014

Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. To my mind, there’s something missing from the old motto. Wine. So, what better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of rock and roll legends, The Rolling Stones, than – ahead of their sadly postponed Australian tour, their first in almost a decade – team up with Dan Murphy’s […]

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In Japan, even cats have their own line of wine

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Monday 28 October 2013

Mix three of our favourite things together, and you’ll get… er, Japanese-made wine for cats. While the feline-targeted Nyan Nyan Nouveau wine is alcohol-free, it is made from Cabernet grapes and contains that other stuff that makes cats intoxicated: duh, catnip. Apparently only a thousand bottles of this wine will be produced. Still, at just about US$4 a bottle, we guess it won’t cost much to make your cat’s day, or at least see if it might prompt your cat to roll his or her eyes.

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Grape picking on dizzying slopes, all in the name of a good bottle of wine

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 18 October 2013

And you thought your job was taxing! These workers on the Cruceiro Reixo and Cividade Cellar wine estates are harvesting Mencia grapes in northwestern Spain, on the side of steep hills. More than 3,500 tons of Mencia grapes have been produced in the region this year. But to get those grapes turned into wine, it […]

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The Cake Wines Archi-Bottle Prize

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Design on Tuesday 15 October 2013

Our friends at Cake Wines have done it again, creating a buzz in both the art and wine worlds with their annual Archi-bottle Prize. The idea is simple: unearth the most talented emerging Australian artist and give them a Cake Wines label as a canvas. This year they received 350 entries, which are slowly being leaked online by Cake, including one by perennial Lost At E Minor favourite and Archibald Prize entrant, Del Kathryn Barton, who produced a typically colourful piece that would look stunning as the label on the bottle.

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Fifty Shades of Grey wines are ready to dominate the market

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 11 October 2013

Because the world hasn’t had their fill of BDSM, author E. L. James is treating us to a little, err, lubrication—Fifty Shades of Grey wine! No joke. The author of the bestselling erotic trilogy has made a name for herself in the book world and now it’s time to dominate the world of drinking. Red […]

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The Archi-Bottle Prize: design an arty wine label for Cake Wines

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Design on Tuesday 17 September 2013

We love this annual initiative from our friends at Cake Wines, an Australian wine company who, in 2012, launched the prestigious art event: the Cake Wines Archi-bottle Prize. The concept is simple: they’re on a quest to unearth the most talented emerging Australian artist and give them a Cake Wines label as a canvas.

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The Meld wine glass will almost melt in your hand

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Made of hand blown pyrex glass, the Meld wine glass is inspired by two forms: the glass and the human hand. The result is a merged curiosity of a drinkware which fits onto the palm ergonomically, almost like a fitted glove. We cannot approve enough.

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Gravity-defying wine? Drink up

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 August 2013

This is great: a glass that suspends our disbelief of gravity. Made from hand-blown glass, the Revolution Wine and Water Glass combines two glasses into one. Depending on which side you flip it, its contents appear to float at different levels as you fill the glass from either end. Either way, it will confound your […]

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Bottoms up (sensibly) with this heart carafe

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 3 July 2013

Italian product designer Liviana Osti designed these carafes — two glasses, one with 1.5 litres of water and another with 1.5 litres of red wine — that form a human heart when joined together. Every set is individually produced by glass blower Tommaso Colesanti. There’s a message behind these heart carafes: health is important, and […]

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Floating wine bottle optical illusion

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 14 June 2013

Holy cow, that bottle is floating in the air! Well, not really. We don’t know how much you’re messing with your liver while you’re messing up with what you see. The optical illusion behind the floating wine bottle by West London brand Luckies lies in the chromed iron chain that holds the bottle up — […]

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Water-to-wine cooler

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 25 April 2013

Whoa, look what we found via Make Magazine: a contraption that actually turns water to wine. Well, sort of. Dreamt up by Party Robotics’ Robert Kaye and Pierre Michael, the water-to-wine cooler has only been rigged and gutted in a really clever way, that’s all (‘Our solution was to hide an identical water bottle below, […]

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Cake Wines’ Archi-bottle prize: design an arty wine label

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Cake Wines is an Australian wine company who, in 2012, launched a prestigious art event – the annual Cake Wines Archi-bottle Prize. This contest is a nationwide search to discover Australia’s most talented artists to create bottle artwork for the Cake’s new summer release of wines. Dan O’Toole took home first place, and his artwork […]

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Yes, there is such a thing as chocolate red wine

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 4 April 2013

What a pairing. The ChocolatRouge range of wines, which mixes up chocolate and red wine in varying levels of sweetness (Dark Red, Sweet Red and Milk Chocolate), infiltrated our consciousness recently and we haven’t stopped fantasizing about it since. Baileys addicts now have an alternative.

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House of Wine’s Wijnhuis: an initiative to help raise funds for the homeless

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 7 February 2013

Good wine in a good house for a good cause. From the creative mind of one Dutch wine expert and a group of local savvy designers comes Wijnhuis: a new initiative to help raise funds for the homeless. Color screen-printed labels adorne the bottles, which are tucked inside a die cut “house” made of old […]

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