Yesterday our favourite winery d’Arenberg have released their very tatsy and beautifully illustrated ‘Amazing Sites’ range of wines.

The 2011 vintage of our Amazing Sites single vineyard shiraz wines are released today, including two brand new ones, The Sardanapalian and The Piceous Lodestar.

Just in case you were wondering, ‘sardapanalian’ means ‘decadently luxurious or sensual’. Yum!

The artwork for the 2010 vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as designed/illustrated/scribbled on by artist Jeff Koons.

Since 1945, Mouton Rothschild have commissioned artists — including Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and, er, Prince Charles — to adorn their very expensive bottles of Bordeaux. A full collection of labels can be seen at The Artist LabelsRichard Lippold 1959 and Arnish Kapoor 2009 are personal favourites.

Thanks to 12x75.com for the link.

We’re very excited to get our hand on issue #2 of The Gourmand magazine to read Patrick Baglee’s article about the design of wine labels:

​Wine labels were once quite simple affairs with grand buildings, ornate typography and the odd crest here or there. Then, as wine’s popularity grew, labels became a playground for designers and printers alike, with ever more garish and maddening techniques employed to attract the attention of an increasing number of consumers. Yet there are still partnerships between winemaker and designers that result in beautiful labels which encapsulate the spirit and story of the wine.

Read the full feature in Issue 02 of The Gourmand Journal. Click here to buy.

We’ve seen these designs before, but the concept sketches and the character props used for the photographs are a charming addition to this post.
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We’ve seen these designs before, but the concept sketches and the character props used for the photographs are a charming addition to this post.
ctorresdesign:

Lyc wines world 
We’ve seen these designs before, but the concept sketches and the character props used for the photographs are a charming addition to this post.
ctorresdesign:

Lyc wines world 
We’ve seen these designs before, but the concept sketches and the character props used for the photographs are a charming addition to this post.
ctorresdesign:

Lyc wines world 

We’ve seen these designs before, but the concept sketches and the character props used for the photographs are a charming addition to this post.

ctorresdesign:

Lyc wines world 

The latest bit of food and drink language-torture to get me all peevish is “natural wine”. […] For a start there is the idea of “naturalness”. A quick bit of undergraduate philosophy: if the human race is a natural phenomenon, then anything we do is natural, just as it’s natural for ants to make ant hills and rabbits to dig holes. It doesn’t mean everything we do is fine. But it does mean that calling one thing we do natural and something else unnatural is to take the English language, jump all over it, drive a stake through its heart, cover it in butane, drop a match on it and laugh at the guttering flames.

But here’s what matters. Every natural wine I have ever tried has been horrible. It’s felt like punishment; a sweet promise broken. If that’s what additive-free wine is like – the whacking smell of a pigsty before it’s been cleaned down, an acrid, grim burst of acid that makes you want to cry – then bring on the chemicals. Hurrah for sulphur. Hurrah for humankind and its ability to use all the tools at its disposal to make nice things to drink.

A thoroughly agreeable commentary on natural wine by Jay Rayner from his November 2011 restaurant review of Green Man and French Horn.

Charming short film (with a very cool, lazy, guitar-noodling soundtrack) showing the development of a wooden box for Runiart Champagne designed by Piet Hein Eek.

Beautiful attention to detail and high production values (as always!) by Stranger & Stranger for Wiston Estate.

Using architecture as a brand tool? We’d agree, some of Spain’s modern bodegas are things of beauty and prestige. 

As seen in today’s Financial Times – we’re well intellectual, yeah.

This has been doing the rounds lately – is that actually a real pistol?!

Most Dangerous Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine (by XtremeWineProduction)

Simple die-cut identity for a range of Spanish wines. The attention to detail with the string-wrapped necks and the stamped corks is especially pleasing  as in that cheeky fullstop.
Designed by Javier Garduño Estudio de Diseño, Spain Simple die-cut identity for a range of Spanish wines. The attention to detail with the string-wrapped necks and the stamped corks is especially pleasing  as in that cheeky fullstop.
Designed by Javier Garduño Estudio de Diseño, Spain Simple die-cut identity for a range of Spanish wines. The attention to detail with the string-wrapped necks and the stamped corks is especially pleasing  as in that cheeky fullstop.
Designed by Javier Garduño Estudio de Diseño, Spain Simple die-cut identity for a range of Spanish wines. The attention to detail with the string-wrapped necks and the stamped corks is especially pleasing  as in that cheeky fullstop.
Designed by Javier Garduño Estudio de Diseño, Spain

Simple die-cut identity for a range of Spanish wines. The attention to detail with the string-wrapped necks and the stamped corks is especially pleasing  as in that cheeky fullstop.

Designed by Javier Garduño Estudio de Diseño, Spain

The accompanying video to the post below about the children-illustrated wine labels: Masroig Vi Solidari — 3a Edició

Well this is the most beautiful, heart-warming thing we’ve seen in ages. 1,750 plain labels, illustrated and scribbled on by children, applied to bottles of wine and then sold to raise €30,000 for child cancer research.
What a simple but emotionally fulfilling idea, wonderfully realised by Spanish studio Atipus. Watch the video here. Well this is the most beautiful, heart-warming thing we’ve seen in ages. 1,750 plain labels, illustrated and scribbled on by children, applied to bottles of wine and then sold to raise €30,000 for child cancer research.
What a simple but emotionally fulfilling idea, wonderfully realised by Spanish studio Atipus. Watch the video here. Well this is the most beautiful, heart-warming thing we’ve seen in ages. 1,750 plain labels, illustrated and scribbled on by children, applied to bottles of wine and then sold to raise €30,000 for child cancer research.
What a simple but emotionally fulfilling idea, wonderfully realised by Spanish studio Atipus. Watch the video here.

Well this is the most beautiful, heart-warming thing we’ve seen in ages. 1,750 plain labels, illustrated and scribbled on by children, applied to bottles of wine and then sold to raise €30,000 for child cancer research.

What a simple but emotionally fulfilling idea, wonderfully realised by Spanish studio Atipus. Watch the video here.

It’s Friday! Hear hear…

It’s Friday! Hear hear…

I Got Crus in Different Area Codes

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Like wine? Course you do! Like hip-hop too? Well then get your hands on a copy of Noble Rot, an alternative wine zine featuring, amongst other articles,  an interview with Mike D and an assessment of Jay-Z’s role in the fortunes of the champagne industry.