Over the past 15 years the Swartland region, (Western Cape, South Africa), has grown in stature and complexity and today there are enough contrasting wines to showcase this diversity over a weekend.
The aim of the revolutionary weekend (12-13 November 2010) is to raise general awareness of the area, and although there might be stylistic and philosophical differences in the wines to be showcased, they all share a common sense of place – as with all great wine regions of the world.
For the first forum we have invited Stefan Ogier from Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier from Ampuis, France. He is a world-renowned producer of fine Rhône wine.
There will also be tastings conducted by some of the local producers in formal and informal formats as well as great meals prepared by Reuben (of Reuben’s Restaurant fame) and local culinary hero Mynhardt Joubert of Bar Bar Black Sheep.
Bookmark the date : 12 & 13 November, 2010
More information : www.theswartlandrevolution.com
Perfect for picnics, people who don't want to drink an entire bottle of wine in a restaurant….or just perfect for drinking straight from the bottle!
From the guys at Boer & Brit.
Ruinart, one of the oldest champagne houses in the world (since 1729), has released a special wine stopper called The Golden Thread, designed by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola (pictured above).
The Fil d'Or or Golden Thread was created to encapsulate the same twisting motion used in the opening of ordinary wire cork cages; the part of the bottle top you have to untwist before opening your champagne. What does it do? Nothing. But it looks very pretty and comes attached to a bottle of delicious Blanc de Blanc. This makes a sophisticated and unusual gift now, or at any point up to and including the holidays. We've never seen anything like it, and imitations are sure to follow.
The Ruinart Golden Thread bottle stopper is available from Sherry-Lehmann for $69.95 (bottle included). It's beautiful enough to keep on display when you're not using and reusing it.
By Annie Scott | Source :: www.luxist.com
The idea was to create a pulp-movie like look and feel for the wine. We needed to create a fun design to complement the fruity, floral flavor of the wine and give it a look that stands out in crowded wine shops.
Boldinc were approached by a charming pair of wine connoisseurs to create their own brand and range of wines. It was obvious from the outset that this cheeky couple agreed to disagree. One portrays the characteristics of a shining saint whereas the other depicts the attributes of a saucy sinner. Their passion and expertise provided the platform & perfect formula for sourcing a range of killer wines. The interaction between the two personalities (which resulted in some seriously colourful meetings) was the inspiration behind the new brand. ‘Saint & Sinner’ was born.
S&S loved that descriptors for wines were synonymous with the way we illustrate a woman’s tantalizing qualities. The pair set out to discover great wines that encapsulated the divine essence of sensual femininity and the intriguing human sexuality.
Five deliciously seductive drops were sourced by S&S from the depths of Australian vineyards; Syrah, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and a Sauvignon Blanc.
Boldinc were commissioned to jolt this concept into motion. The seductive and tempting ‘Calling Card’ range was born. The range was based upon Calling Cards or small flyers plastered inside telephone booths to advertise the services of a call girl. Calling cards would traditionally depict a seductress, a provocative description and the phone number to dial to receive her services. A retrospective look at Calling Cards through the ages provides an engaging visual communication of human enterprise that’s both entertaining & authoritative, through cheap colourful 'cottage industry' printing methods.
Boldinc translated this style onto each of the Calling Card variant. Each label depicts unique and dazzling female personalities & her services. Her sassy characteristics are entwined to the tasting notes of the wine inside. S&S celebrates the distinctive attributes of wine that consumers find so desirable and the complex and subtle characteristics in a woman that can be so enticing. This tongue in cheek range will not be for everyone, it was never meant to be, though we hope the playful qualities shine through.
The wine is aimed at individuals in their late 20’s to early 40’s, both women and men who appreciators of life’s idiosyncrasies. We hope that this range provides many a controversial discussion, during dinner parties.
Each wine comes complete with phone number so the consumer can text for insightful information, cheeky pictures or dangerous specials for purchasing wine in the future. The naughty interaction between brand and consumer is fun but has a serious side that keeps the brand fresh, drives loyalty and sales. The Boldinc team thinks you should text to find out!
By Andrew Gibbs | Source :: www.thedieline.com