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.
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.
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.