Jim Barry purchased the Lodge Hill vineyard in 1977, as he was sure it would “produce some of the best Riesling in Clare.” Situated on the eastern ranges of the township of Clare, it is one of the highest vineyards in the Valley at an altitude of 480 meters, and is ideal for producing steely, minerally Rieslings, distinctive to the area.
London calling… Identity design for new London Roastery, Bar & Restaurant — Caravan. They roast their own coffee on site, the food is universal, inspired by the flavours of the world — and it’s all cooked by Miles Kirby, former Head Chef of The Providores. Caravan is contemporary with a nod to the values of a hand-made artisan history. Black thermo ink on a lush matt stock makes for a trailer full of happiness.
The myth of King Midas, the man who was blessed (and cursed) with the ability to turn anything he touched to gold, has inspired many things but few as lavish as Midas bottle from Armand de Brignac. According to wine bottle naming code, Melchizedek is the term usually used to describe a 30-liter vessel equivalent to 40 regular-sized 750ml bottles but perhaps Midas makes more sense for this bottle which weighs in at 100 pounds.
We've written about Armand de Brignac before. The luxury Champagne from the award-winning Champagne Cattier chateau of Chigny-les-Roses, France is instantly identifiable by the dramatic Ace of Spades insignias on its bottle. In the last few years it has become a celebrity favorite. Armand de Brignac has three cuvees: Brut Gold, Rose and Blanc de Blancs.
The first Midas bottle of Armand de Brignac sold for $100,000 at the XS nightclub in Las Vegas' Encore casino. Mixed martial arts and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez hosted his UFC 125 after-party joined by fighters Gilbert Melendez, Urijah Faber, Jake Shields, and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer. Two strongmen were needed to carry the bottle to the table of the anonymous high-roller who made the purchase. No word on what happened to the bottle afterward.
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Last year, we mentioned the debut of Beau Joie, the copper-encased champagne brand that made its world debut in Las Vegas in 2010. The brand is now expanding into Rosé (shown above on the right with its older sibling). The new bubbly is made from 50 % Pinot Noir and 50 % Chardonnay naturally derived from the finest grapes of Epernay, France.
The Beau Joie Rosé has a crisp and fruity taste and like the Brut, it comes in a copper armored bottle. The Rosé's bottle features over 60 hand-applied rivets and the rose color peeks between the spaces. It's not just pretty, it's a little green, the encasing is created from second-generation copper scrap and the brand has activated a recycling program with venues so that each bottle's encasing can be further reprocessed. The copper also keeps it colder longer and provides a firmer grip while the bottle's rubber punt provides improved stability. Suggested retail is $125 to $135.
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Curious Nature is the entry level range for Merum Estate. For this label the client asked Manifesto Design to create a name and concept which was fun, quirky and eye-catching on the shelf in a very competitive price range. The background theme to Merum Estate is ‘nature’, so this is nature with a twist – strange, half human creatures with a penchant for drinking wine that curiously observe us viewers as if we were the oddities.