|Our Label Art|
Our Estate wine labels are commissioned artworks by Dianne
Gardner of Port Orchard. When I first saw her work my attention
was immediately grabbed by her portraits. You can see more of her
work at her website:
Below are the pieces and their stories, in the order they were created.
I asked Dianne to use our vineyard as the basis of an image for the
label and left it pretty much at that. The final piece was simply
a more thorough version of her initial piece -- although I didn't
really know what I wanted, she found it!
Upon finishing our second wine, I asked Dianne for another work in
the style established with the first piece both artistically and
thematically. With a little back-and-forth on the lovely lady (I
felt she had to have longer hair), we arrived fairly directly at
"Ichigo" is the Japanese word for strawberry -- with this release
we honored the Japanese/American strawberry farming heritage of
Bainbridge Island. As the wine is packaged in a narrow 500mL
bottle (click link above to see bottle photo), there was very
little room for detailed artwork. These constraints brought Dianne
to do this simple Sumi-styled strawberry.
This is a small bottle (same as Ichigo above) with very limited
space for artwork. "frambelle" is a made-up word combining the
French words for raspberry (framboise) and beautiful (belle). I
told Dianne about the wine and she provided exactly what was
needed, a beautiful cluster of raspberries.
Melon de Bourgogne
Our third white table wine was a longer time in coming as we had to
start by planting a vineyard, growing the grapes for 4 years, then
making the wine for a year... Dianne and I agreed that we should
continue with our "girl in the vineyard" theme. Dianne looked
through the PV website, and found a photo I had made a year or so
earlier of our vineyard, and she based this piece on that. I was
thrilled as I recognized the basis of the image immediately as
being my vineyard! As requested, she made the bare winter scene
into a much more attractive harvest scene.
This is a small bottle (same a Ichigo above) with very limited
space for artwork. In the same vein as the Frambelle (above),
Dianne provided a cluster of grapes just as they look when ready
for use in verjus.
I asked Dianne if she could do an Angelica flower... The printing
on the label came out poorly, dark to almost black & white - in
the artwork the background is a deep rich purple.
Dianne brought the lovely models to the vineyard for the artwork.
As we used this artwork on a wine that is a blend of multiple
grapes, it works out really well that there are two lovely ladies
in this while all our others have just one.
I appreciate the dark vineyard post area to the right, allowing the
label writing to be more clear. I also adore how she managed to
bring my row-end roses into this image.