Siete Pasos wine from Rioja, Spain

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 17 January 2013

Vintage hats, over-sized sunglasses and bountiful beards. No, we’re not talking about your local hipster hangout but a new series of Spanish wine. Hailing from the great vineyard-laden Rioja, Siete Pasos is a just-launched wine project that aims to bring together seven wines from different regions. Each bottle will be assigned an individual character, inspired […]

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Bottle of Wine Glass lets you be a classy alcoholic

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 10 January 2013

Here’s how to drink straight from the wine bottle in a sophisticated manner: empty the whole damn bottle into the Bottle Of Wine glass. At 10″ tall with a 3″ diameter, this enormous glass with mad capacity can hold every single life-giving drop of antioxidated goodness from your regular 750ml wine bottle. Bottoms up.

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Your own secret basement wine cellar with trap door entry

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 27 November 2012

Trap doors are cool. Secret basements are cool. Wine cellars are cool. Secret basement wine cellars that you access with trapdoors are cool, whichever way you look at them. Spiral Cellars have made these commercially available since 1981, and it claims this is just the thing for you ‘if you always like to have a few dozen bottles around the place and tend to keep bottles for months or years before drinking them’ and want to ‘open up the fascinating world of wine… like never before’. Yeah, we want one.

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Asian Snake Wine

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 26 September 2012

Snake venom wine was first consumed in China during the Western Zhou Dynasty by practitioners and patients of traditional Chinese medicine. They believed that it promoted vitality and health. The snakes were preserved for their ‘essence’ and left to steep in a glass jar of rice wine, sometimes enhanced with smaller snakes and medicinal herbs. Traditionally, because of the high alcohol content, it was drunk in shot glasses. However, heavier drinkers ate certain parts of the snake such as the gall bladder, eyeballs and stomach. If you dare try some yourself, you can order a bottle at Asian Snake Wine. The expression “hair of the dog that bit you” just doesn’t seem… enough. 

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Artwork on eight canvases made of 84 wine crates each

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By Chris Courtney in Video on Wednesday 26 September 2012

Swiss winery, Fin Bec, flew eight top graffiti artists from around the world (New Zealand, Japan, USA, South Africa, UK, Switzerland) to their winery to create artwork on eight canvases made of 84 wine crates each. The finished artwork was then used as wine labels and the artwork was dismantled and filled with the wines. […]

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The Piece Shiraz

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 28 July 2012

Stencils, tags, paste-ups, and vibrant strokes sprayed intensely across underground walls are a common city scene. Graffiti is the epitome of urban art and culture. It is not, however, what one would expect on a proper bottle of wine. That’s where South Australia’s Longview Vineyard comes into the picture.

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Naked Wines: Australian-based online wine retailer

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By Polite In Public in New Trends on Tuesday 17 July 2012

The way I see it, our decade will be remembered as one that celebrated the underdog. We’re fixated on watching the average Joe rise to the top. To illustrate my point, look no further than reality TV: we’re all about watching the one big break opportunity. Naked Wines, an online wine retailer, is jumping on the bandwagon. Recently launched […]

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36 proof Spodee: mulled wine meets moonshine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Here’s one upside to a sulking global economy: the rise of prohibition cocktails, speakeasy bars, and underground restaurants. Less capital tends to spur unexpected creativity. So too does that depression-era nostalgia. To add to the list of trending booze and bites, is Spodee. If the old-timey milk bottle doesn’t convince you that it’s a throwback, well, its contents surely will.

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WTF: A dress grown from a bottle of wine

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By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Wednesday 13 June 2012

Food plus fashion is not new to us. From wedding dresses made of wedding cake, to eggplant espadrilles, to a beef jerky handbag, it seems like we’ve seen it all. And then, came this: a dress grown from a bottle of wine. 

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Helicopters frost fighting for New Zealand wineries

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 August 2011

The Marlborough region in New Zealand produces more than fifty percent of New Zealand’s finest wine. However, the cold climate means some innovative solutions are needed to combat grapes being damaged by frost as they grow in early spring. Enter the helicopter, flying low over vineyards to push warmer air from the inversion layer down onto the freezing ground and circulating the air. This has meant that more than 150 helicopters — a large portion New Zealand’s fleet — were in use over a small region at one time.

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Pegasus Bay in New Zealand

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By Tristan Rayner in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 July 2011

You know what they say: when in New Zealand, do as the Kiwis do. Pegasus Bay is a beautiful, family-owned winery producing some of New Zealand’s finest wines. But people don’t visit just for the wine. The food is a secret weapon, with the restaurant serving up great local and seasonal dishes, using fresh, seasonal ingredients with some top-shelf choices mixed in. Our favourite dish was the black truffle frittata, which melted with flavour as we sat overlooking the wintery gardens in front of an open fire.

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Francis Coppola Reserve wines

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 13 July 2010

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.

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Gut Oggau’s portrait wine labels

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Thursday 3 June 2010

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.

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Wine by Some Young Punks

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 14 May 2010

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 […]

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94Wines

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 7 May 2010

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 […]

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