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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.