HoHoHo

We are very pleased to let you know that we have an article published in HoHoHo, a journal of Christmas creativity. We’ve written about what to buy for your wino-designo friend (wine, stupid!) and picked six of the most beautiful and delicious wines for you to enjoy this Christmas. All the wines are available in London from Waitrose, Bottle ApostleOddBins and The City Beverage Company.

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You can pick up a copy from various hip designy outlets across Clerkenwell and Covent Garden, including Magma, Workshop Coffee, Look Mum No Hands and Sadler’s Wells theatre.

Thanks to Cai and Kyn for asking us to contribute! We’ll post the article here in the new year – you’ll have to get your own copy before then.

Is this just vin-tasy?

We just saw some shots of the new D&AD Annual (check it out here, it’s beautiful) and one of the pages reminded us of an issue we’ve mentioned before, but we’d like to discuss further.

The striped barber’s pole design for 'Rasurado' wine has been circulating across the internet, via Tumblr, Pinterest and The Dieline, and rightly so – it’s beautiful, striking piece of graphic design and branding. But – and we have really tried – we have been unable to find any other photo of the wine bottles other than the images on the Moruba website. No boxes, crates, product shots or consumer-taken photos of Rasurado brand. It’s not to be seen on the producer’s own website, and seemingly there are no reviews or stockists of the wine.

(In addition, if you look closely, you can see that reflections on the necks of the two bottles are identical, and the embossed numbers around the bases appear in the same location, despite viewing the bottle from ‘a different angle’.)

At Grogger, we see a lot of student work or concept visuals on blogs and websites, and a lot of it is creative, exciting and stunning work. But we are always reluctant to post any work that does not exist ‘in the real world’. The reason is partly that we are a wine blog as much as we are a design blog; we want to know about the grapes, the winemaker and what the contents of the bottle tastes like. But the reason is mainly that design projects (packaging, branding, interiors) are hard work, requiring as much creativity as hard work, persuasion, perseverance and compromise. To actually produce a stunning piece of creative design in response to a real brief (we would choose Paul Belford Ltd’s work for Waddeston Manor as a prime example) is a considerable achievement.

We can only assume (and we are happy to be corrected) that the Rasurado work produced by Moruba is a project that was never actually fully realised. Perhaps the images we see are concept visuals for a project that was never finished, or maybe they were a self-initiated project just for fun. Any creative agency will have hundreds of beautiful concepts and stunning visuals for projects that were never completed, or for routes that were developed or discarded. But we strongly believe that unless the work exists in the real world – a real thing that someone has asked for and received – it should not be entered into professional awards.

There have been increased debate about agencies entering mocked-up visuals as part of their awards entry. Is showing how your logo could look on a tote bag really such a crime? What if you comp the logo on billboard in Times Square? Or onto the moon? It’s hard to draw the line between awarding the actual work that was produced and acknowledging the great idea that could’ve been.

To us, entering the Rasurado design into the D&AD awards was a cheeky decision. D&AD make it very clear in their Rules of Entry that entries must be ‘commercially released’, ‘produced in response to a genuine brief from a client’ and ‘made available to the public through legal mediums’. We think that for D&AD to award it an in-book award is a dangerous precedent, and for those people entering real work that they have created and nurtured to fruition, it could leave a bitter taste in their mouth.

Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!) Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!) Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!) Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!) Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!) Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!) Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.
(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!)

Some colour for Friday! Bold and geometric pattern labels for Motif Fine Art Wine, designed by En Garde, Germany.

(You might have noticed that we have updated our Tumblr theme slightly to reflect the rest of the pink/red Grogger Empire. Looks great with these patterns – hope you like it!)

Great design and simple product photography for wines from the Union Wine Co. in Oregon. God, I’m hungry. Love those tiles! Great design and simple product photography for wines from the Union Wine Co. in Oregon. God, I’m hungry. Love those tiles! Great design and simple product photography for wines from the Union Wine Co. in Oregon. God, I’m hungry. Love those tiles!

Great design and simple product photography for wines from the Union Wine Co. in Oregon. God, I’m hungry. Love those tiles!

In our day jobs (the ones at which we’re not supposed to be drinking wine) we are in the process of moving offices from Clerkenwell to nearer Covent Garden. What we will lose in great local pubs and restaurants (J+A Café, The Dovetail, most of St John Street) we will hopefully gain in a great selection of places to buy wines (having explored most of the wines from the local Waitrose and Nicolas). 

After a tour of our new offices, I took the opportunity to visit the Holborn branch of Planet of the Grapes for the first time, a treasure trove of fine wines and interesting bottles, as well as a handy ‘Everyday Wines’ selection for £8-15. (Although, poor form to offer an open bottle to your colleagues and not to the one customer standing right between you.)

At Grogger HQ, the team was preparing Creamy Tarragon Chicken, so had requested a chardonnay. The Robert Oatley Margaret River Chardonnay was fresh and fruity, with lemon-peel zest balanced by a touch of creamy oak. It was a perfect example of the more elegant, balanced Australian whites that the Anything-But-Chardonnay-ers are missing out on.

Robert Oatley is a keen sailor, hence the nautical blue pennon. We’re a fan of the simple type with signature approach, and it matches the consideration given to the wine. The picture above shows Thomas Wines, who specialise in Shiraz and Semillon from the Hunter Valley. In our heads, we’ve always had these two producers mixed up; Australian, simple type, signature in blue ink. We’d recommend checking the both out next time you have the chance.

This looks like a simply fantastic place to get pissed.
ohmywine:

Merus Winery - Napa Valley
This looks like a simply fantastic place to get pissed.
ohmywine:

Merus Winery - Napa Valley

This looks like a simply fantastic place to get pissed.

ohmywine:

Merus Winery - Napa Valley

vinicolaaurora:

Street Art Wine 

Fantastic Orwellian illustration for this gutsy tempranillo from Rioja (though not officially a ‘Rioja’), with an even better description of the name Gran Cerdo (big fat pig) by winemaker, Gonzalez Gonzalez:

“Gran Cerdo is a great wine dedicated to the bank executives who denied loans to us on the basis that wine is not a seizable asset. One day these greasy and sweaty corporate suits will realise that the best things in life cannot be impounded. Thanks to our friends help we were finally able to bottle this wine. Now you can enjoy it with pasta or ham.”

Available from Wright’s Independent Food Emporium

And, also available (we bought a bottle!) from the City Beverage Company in Old Street, London.

Innovative typography and very high production values for Nine Suns, a Napa Valley winery owned by a Chinese family.
Nine Suns recently took Gold at Cannes Design Lions in Consumer Products, designed by Landor Associates, San Francisco.
Seen via The Dieline Innovative typography and very high production values for Nine Suns, a Napa Valley winery owned by a Chinese family.
Nine Suns recently took Gold at Cannes Design Lions in Consumer Products, designed by Landor Associates, San Francisco.
Seen via The Dieline Innovative typography and very high production values for Nine Suns, a Napa Valley winery owned by a Chinese family.
Nine Suns recently took Gold at Cannes Design Lions in Consumer Products, designed by Landor Associates, San Francisco.
Seen via The Dieline Innovative typography and very high production values for Nine Suns, a Napa Valley winery owned by a Chinese family.
Nine Suns recently took Gold at Cannes Design Lions in Consumer Products, designed by Landor Associates, San Francisco.
Seen via The Dieline

Innovative typography and very high production values for Nine Suns, a Napa Valley winery owned by a Chinese family.

Nine Suns recently took Gold at Cannes Design Lions in Consumer Products, designed by Landor Associates, San Francisco.

Seen via The Dieline

irisvandenakker:

Some illustrations I made for a mural and chalkboard design in a wine shop in the neighbourhood. It was a fun job!
irisvandenakker:

Some illustrations I made for a mural and chalkboard design in a wine shop in the neighbourhood. It was a fun job!
irisvandenakker:

Some illustrations I made for a mural and chalkboard design in a wine shop in the neighbourhood. It was a fun job!
irisvandenakker:

Some illustrations I made for a mural and chalkboard design in a wine shop in the neighbourhood. It was a fun job!

irisvandenakker:

Some illustrations I made for a mural and chalkboard design in a wine shop in the neighbourhood. It was a fun job!

The brickwork, positioned to allow light and air into the building as well as create a pattern of grapes, is truly amazing. It’s fascinating to see such a simple material used in new and creative ways.
subtilitas:

Bearth & Deplazes -  Gantenbein Winery, Fläsch 2008. The pre-fabricated masonry panels were constructed with over 20,000 bricks laid robotically at ETH Zurich to create the graphic of a basket full of grapes. The level of precision also ensured that desired ventilation and natural light was able to penetrate the solid facade. Photos (C) Ralph Feiner.
The brickwork, positioned to allow light and air into the building as well as create a pattern of grapes, is truly amazing. It’s fascinating to see such a simple material used in new and creative ways.
subtilitas:

Bearth & Deplazes -  Gantenbein Winery, Fläsch 2008. The pre-fabricated masonry panels were constructed with over 20,000 bricks laid robotically at ETH Zurich to create the graphic of a basket full of grapes. The level of precision also ensured that desired ventilation and natural light was able to penetrate the solid facade. Photos (C) Ralph Feiner.
The brickwork, positioned to allow light and air into the building as well as create a pattern of grapes, is truly amazing. It’s fascinating to see such a simple material used in new and creative ways.
subtilitas:

Bearth & Deplazes -  Gantenbein Winery, Fläsch 2008. The pre-fabricated masonry panels were constructed with over 20,000 bricks laid robotically at ETH Zurich to create the graphic of a basket full of grapes. The level of precision also ensured that desired ventilation and natural light was able to penetrate the solid facade. Photos (C) Ralph Feiner.
The brickwork, positioned to allow light and air into the building as well as create a pattern of grapes, is truly amazing. It’s fascinating to see such a simple material used in new and creative ways.
subtilitas:

Bearth & Deplazes -  Gantenbein Winery, Fläsch 2008. The pre-fabricated masonry panels were constructed with over 20,000 bricks laid robotically at ETH Zurich to create the graphic of a basket full of grapes. The level of precision also ensured that desired ventilation and natural light was able to penetrate the solid facade. Photos (C) Ralph Feiner.

The brickwork, positioned to allow light and air into the building as well as create a pattern of grapes, is truly amazing. It’s fascinating to see such a simple material used in new and creative ways.

subtilitas:

Bearth & Deplazes Gantenbein Winery, Fläsch 2008. The pre-fabricated masonry panels were constructed with over 20,000 bricks laid robotically at ETH Zurich to create the graphic of a basket full of grapes. The level of precision also ensured that desired ventilation and natural light was able to penetrate the solid facade. Photos (C) Ralph Feiner.

eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.
eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery
Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.

eleventheleven:

Pastor Winery

Tibor Juhasz, Pastor is the owner and winemaker at Pastor winery. His wines are fruity and fresh and often compete in national wine contests. Therefore my aim was to give his wines a fresh and unique, but fashionable and memorable look. I wanted to create something iconic, more than a logo. I ended up designing an actual branding image, that the winery can carry on using in the future even without me. This little something will make the wine bottles to stand out from the sea of other wine bottles in shops with very little design efforts. This detail comes from our everyday lives, from clothing: labelling. This little piece of label will be telling us all the necessary information about the wine, and in the future it can easily be applied for new wines by changing the colours and text.

Is your glass full or half empty? A question visualised El Optimista / El Pesimista – yet more black and white loveliness from Spain.

Designed by Sidecar Design, Spain

(Let’s say you have a glass that is 50% full. If, at some point previously, the glass was 51–100% full, and you drank some, then they glass has been emptied and is half empty. If, however, the glass was filled up to 50% and no more, then it is half full. Easy.)