There is a real synergy between the label for the Donnafugata Anthìlia, a white wine from Sicily (sent to me as a sample), and what’s inside the bottle. Lush golden hair and a certain type of satisfaction in repose serve as an apt harbinger. Neither the artwork, nor the Anthìlia, are frilly or gilded. It’s a [More]
My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jané Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: [More]
Word of Minimus Wines, located in Oregon, came my way via the Northwest Wine Anthem. So when I saw one of their offerings, a Vermentino, available by the glass at Seattle’s Matt’s in the Market, I pounced. What a fantastic lunchtime wine. You don’t often see domestic versions of this Italian grape (aka “Rolle” in [More]
I promise an upright picture is forthcoming, but I enjoy wine labels that are head-turning. They fill me with Label Lust. Like this one for the 2013 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling. I love how the pyramid of words creates and reinforces the vineyard on a hill and gives you a nice tidbit [More]
The playful side of Oregon’s historic Sokol Blosser winery comes out in this Evolution Sparkling label. A new release in its popular lineup of red and white, this sparkling wine especially gives me Label Lust when you peruse not the front of the bottle but rather the rear. It pleases me to view a back [More]
I have to say this is the first time I’ve been contacted by a winery not only because they wanted me to try a new release, but also because they wanted me to check out their new label. So I was intrigued to have a sample bottle of 2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir, from the Stoller [More]
It’s not just glitzy, hyper-modern wine labels that make me swoon, and the Teutonic Wine Company Silvaner is a perfect example of that. Looking at it makes me feel like I’m paging through a charmingly illustrated wildlife guide, with suggestive radishes and a glass of wine off to the side. (Note: radishes and wine are [More]
Two of my new favorite wine labels come from Domaine Pouillon. I was introduced to them at a lunch in Hood River, OR, highlighting the diversity and uniqueness of the Columbia Gorge wine region. As a coffee lover, the label for the 2009 Syrah “French Press” immediately caught my eye. You also gotta love a [More]
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