Saturday, April 28, 2007

More wine bottles!!

I went to Safeway for some groceries a couple of days ago and passing the wine and beer aisle it occurred to me that I'd never looked at their selection. I've definitely decided that the smaller the store the more interesting the bottles. The small specialty corner market that started this whole fascination with wine labels had the most interesting wine art. The large but local market label selection was also diverse and interesting. This large chain market had the least selection and what they had wasn't nearly as creative. Just my opinion of course. But I did find some things to photograph.

This one appealed to me because it reminded me of a bright quilt. The horse reminds me of a fabric print by designer Laurel Burch and the uneven and unusual border pattern would look fantastic in fabric, doncha think?!

The label on the right looked a lot better in person. It's not very memorable in this photo unfortunately. The label on the left caught my attention, probably because it was one of my favorite colors.

The big V label I noticed before and almost photographed during my last group. It's very dramatic. The unevenly bordered quail label, again, was more dramatic in person. Hmmm, I seem to be losing my touch.

This one isn't a label. It's paint, or perhaps it's etched, on the glass. I didn't touch it to be certain. Jack London - I guess this makes this one a good choice for a "literary" evening - a comfy chair, a warm fire, a good book, and a glass of wine.

The silly smoking loon was one of my favorites of this group. It has a sort of Pacific Northwest Native American art look. Don't ask me to explain that one. It's just the feeling I get when I look at it. And the sun on the right is also one I've noticed before. I think it too is paint rather than a label.

This was my favorite. It reminds me of the art from a children's book. Not sure if that's a very "wine-ish" way of looking at it. So, maybe think of someone sitting on the back porch sipping a glass of wine, listening to the tree frogs sing, watching the fireflies dance above a dark garden.

A fuzzy photo - my bad. Pull up a chair, preferably around a round table, and enjoy a bottle of wine with friends while you discuss how to bring about a new, more peaceful world.

I wonder if these details were created with some historical accuracy that I'm unaware of or if it's just the create fantasy of the artist. Either way, I love the combination look of medieval knight and pagan ritual mask. This isn't wine by the way, it's champagne. Or, I think, if it's not made in Champagne, we are supposed to call it sparkling wine, yes?

I think I've now photographed all the wine selections in town. So that's it. Unless I move on to hard liquor. Hmmm. "Move on to hard liquor" - somehow that sounds bad. Maybe I should move in the other direction and check out juice, tea, or soft drinks. Although I doubt I'm gonna find as much artistic variety there. Perhaps I'll just bide my time and whenever I find myself far from home, I'll remember to take a stroll down the wine aisle in search of more "Art in the Market".

1 comment:

kristen said...

i've been to the sonoma creek winery and they've had that label for quite a while. as i recall, their zin was quite yummy. it's been many years since i was there.

i miss wine tasting being practically in my backyard *smile*