Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a release party at Argyle Winery which featured the release of their “Art of Sparkling” Vintage Brut three-bottle series, a new five-year collaboration with the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Argyle’s Chris Cullina was there to unveil the designs, which ranged in style from whimsical to abstract.
I’ve been a long-time member of Argyle’s wine club, so I was thrilled to receive an invite to this event that brings art and wine together.
Three PNCA students had the unique experience of being immersed in Argyle’s winemaking process and then designed unique labels for the sparkling wine based on their behind the scenes involvement. Don Tuski, the new president of PNCA, says the Argyle partnership gets students out of the studio and into the business community where they can see the impact of their work in a whole new way.
Student Ann-Marie Christin Engleberth created her label design based on Argyle’s history as a former hazelnut farm and the two rabbits that reside on the grounds of the tasting room. Engleberth moved to the U.S. from Germany at age five. With a fascination for the natural world, a majority of her artwork is inspired by the German countryside and fairytales from her childhood.
Subin Yang designed a bold blue label depicting a summer night amongst the Dundee Hills. She drew inspiration from the “nearly impossible” convergence of weather, vines, craftsmanship and the land that goes into creating Argyle’s Vintage Brut. Yang, a Seoul, South Korea native, describes her art style as “organized chaos” appealing to adults and children alike.
Lindsay Walker’s high energy white, yellow and black design shows how her inspiration came from the sunlight, elevation and soil of Argyle’s vineyards. Walker, an interdisciplinary artist from California, focuses her work on abstract and semi-representational forms which escape literal concrete meaning.
The “Art of Sparkling” three-box set of Vintage Brut is $100 and available for purchase at the Argyle’s tasting room and online at argylewinery.com while supplies last. Argyle’s sparkling wines are of the highest quality that you can find her in the US – Made with the traditional French Champagne method, fermented in the bottle, aged for three or more years and all are vintage-dated.
Disclosure: I was invited to the Argyle “Art of Sparkling” preview as a media guest and I received a complimentary three-box set. As always, all opinions are my own.