Rosé and its Design Influence on Wine Labels
The brilliant part about rosé is its ever-changing landscape: a plethora of colors, complexity, grape varieties, production methods, styles and flavour profiles. And rosé is neither governed by any set of wine rules nor would it want to be anything other than delicious! So then, what’s next for a rosé evolution from the industry side?
For that matter, what about consumers? Majority of wine drinkers have at least a “working” relationship with rosé now, meaning we understand that the pink liquid can be and mean many things depending on how, where, why and with whom we’re drinking.
I recently connected with Oenographic Design founder Jeff Gilligan whose Instagram account reads like only cool profiles would: Oenographic celebrate(s) the best of DESIGN + WINE - #oenographic to share your favorite wine labels! and I thought, hey now, how cool would it be to design a program based on what’s inside the bottle and what’s wrapped around it.
As Elizabeth Gabay MW and author of Rosé - Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution said: “...the real pink revolution is only just beginning.”
I’m a huge fan of Zelda Sydney, WSET Diploma graduate, illustrator, technical editor, artist and writer. Zelda was interviewed last year by Cathy Huyghe for Forbes regarding animated tasting notes so I thought it paramount to include her in this design-centered program. And I love what she’s written here: “What wine "is," what it touches, and how it relates to us as humans is as fantastic a subject for an artist as it is for a writer.”
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Week 1 - June 5: Babylonstoren 2017 Mourvedre Rosé, Simonsberg-Paarl, Western Cape SA
Alyssa and Ian Wolf own Red Wolf Imports - an importing company created solely for South African wines after they vacationed in the winelands!
Artist: The laser-etched symbol on this bottle is the Babylonstoren logo, consisting of the pipe (representing the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature). It is a combination of the very essence of Babylonstoren – keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible.
(And this is one of the most beautiful wineries I’ve ever seen! And I’ve never been there!)
Week 2 - June 12: Eric Kent Wine Cellars 2017 Rosé, Sonoma County, CA
If you don’t know Kent Humphrey and his wife, partner Colleen Teitgen, you will now. Kent has no formal winemaking degree but he has loads of experience working with icons. And Colleen, now an artist and curator of their galleries, oversees their original dream: combining their shared passions in wine and art.
Artist: Yellena James
Week 3 - June 19: Bedell Cellars 2017 Taste Rosé, Long Island, NY
Art collector Michael Lynne purchased the winery, which is considered to be a benchmark for quality in the Eastern US, from the Bedells in 2000 and since has incorporated world-renowned contemporary artists to accompany their award-winning wines of winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich.
Artist: Barbara Kruger
Week 4 - June 26: Domaine Paul Mas 2017 Côté Mas Rosé Aurore Languedoc, France
In 2012, Jean-Claude’s philosophy of “Luxe Rural--an appreciation of the simple pleasures of life, artfully rendered by nature--crystallized with the opening of the Côté Mas Restaurant where the wines were first introduced, and became so popular that they are now available worldwide!
Aurore will be #winestudio’s second vintage, all through the generosity of Patricia Clough of Gregory + Vine. The label is an eye-catching pastel drawing of the original family estate in the Art Nouveau style. Jean-Claude worked to find an artist who had the Toulouse Lautrec style.
Sommeliers Crystal Cameron-Schaad and Tina Morey are teaming up once again for a fun and informative tasting experience at Crystal Palate. We will be exploring some great bubbles for the summer including unique sparkling wines, ciders and brews.
Plus, we'll be bringing back our interactive sensory table filled with the many flavors and textures of the beverages you will be sampling. We'll also showcase some great pairing ideas at each station. We couldn't think of a better way to kick-off the lazy days of summer.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door if space permits. Space is limited, so buy your tickets early.
DATE AND TIME
Sat, June 2, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
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Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet
4500 Pretty Lake Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23518
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