LABEL PROJECT - DARK ARTS
When we decided to go whole-hog with this wine project, we also thought we should change our labels on our red wines (the only wine we had made), especially after we saw the designs for our white wines. We will always have a place in our heart for our original labels, of course, but it was time for an update. And an update that spoke to who we are, which is apparently dark, dark, souls. Everything we were brainstorming resulted in creepy-crawlies, shadows instead of light, bad, instead of good (but that's argumentative, of course).
INKY - Reserve Malbec
Jessica knew she wanted an octopus or squid on our Malbec. For one, our Malbec is incredibly dark in color. For second, lot of people have this image of Malbec being fun and fruity. Our's isn't. Dark, earthy, inky - and thus, "Inky" was born.
Tales of the deep revolving around our friendly cephalopods is a common thing (probably because they're aliens), but when we needed a theme for the rest of our wines - we were coming up blank. Then Rachel began to wax-poetic on her favorite novel and it dawned on us - we have our wine names.
BEHEMOTH - Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
For those that haven't read the 20th century's greatest novel (subjective, sure, but I'm right), The Master and Margarita tells the tale of Satan arriving in Moscow during Stalin's rule. He brings his entourage with him, including a talking, vodka-drinking-pickled-mushroom-eating black cat named Behemoth. Behemoth is the comic of the group - the best jester the world has ever seen, the levity to the story, the obvious out-of-place character. May seem like a strange name for our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - but this is how we'd describe him if we avoided the typical wine descriptors. Our Cab is suprisingly playful (rose petals & pretty acidity) while also being brutish (big flavors, lots of tannins). There are lots of Washington Cabs out there but it takes talent to stand out. And a sense of humor makes it better.
PROFESSOR - Single Clone Cabernet Sauvignon (clone 338)
Another nod to our favorite Russian novel, Woland (aka Satan), or the mysterious professor in the book, is never seen the same by anyone (some call him short, some say he’s giant), a shrouded figure. His appearance is not only different to different people, but he shows nobility and kindness to some, while bringing swift punishment to others. We feel the same about this new clone of Cab (often referred to as the king of grapes). Not that there's any dark magic here, however, it almost seems that way with this wine. It changes descriptors with the setting and food pairing. While showing deep, dark, notes and characters one minute, then drinking incredibly well with seafood the next. It's a paradox - in a good way. As the vintages progress and the vines mature, we know this Cab will emerge as a standout, clever, leader, and probably our best wine.
Stay tuned for more fun wine labels!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
We're not quite an all female team, but we're close (and it takes a real man to let the women run things, thanks Tom). And we like to keep that theme going by celebrating female artists.
We all knew Lottie Parker, but it took us a bit to realize she had a hidden talent - making awesome art work. We're incredibly happy, proud and smitten with the labels she helped us create.
We asked for her real bio -
Parker received her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University in Seattle, WA and holds a BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She has shown regionally at the Karen Phillips Gallery, the Columbia Center for the Arts, and the Downtown Tacoma Block Party among others.
Parker currently resides in Southeastern Washington where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, fly fishing, hiking, and cooking. By day, she is as a grant writer and fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.