Jun 10, 2013
Charles Back’s South African winery Fairview has recently released the first bottling of a new Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine. It was made by winemaker Stephanie Betts and was inspired by a 6 week internship at Nyetimber in the English winelands in 2010. Unusually for a South African bubbly, the wine is a blend of Viognier (36%), Grenache Noir (34%) and Grenache Blanc (30%). Charles Back has...
May 23, 2013
Interesting little flash on this Vin de Pays label from Château de Flaugergues. The wine is called Le vin de l’Uncle Charles and it’s label is pretty 1990′s new world, considering the use of font, colour and the fact that the grape variety is on the front label. But the flash proudly pronounces “Guaranteed old world wine”. Okay....
May 19, 2013
I am not sure how long these have been on the shelf, but I was interested to see these two bottles in my local M&S yesterday. Labelled as Sauvignon Blanc with Apples and Tempranillo Rose with Strawberries they are in the wine section but don’t use the word wine anywhere on the packaging. Fruit wines are nothing new but the way that these products are positioned is interesting. They are marketed...
Apr 17, 2013
The Brand Genetics website recently posted an article about a University of Cambridge’s Dragon’s Den style event with senior executives from global FMCG leading companies. One of the things to emerge from the event was a list of the top 40 innovation trends for global FMCG brands. It was provided by a group of people who you’d expect to know what they are talking about and the list is well worth consideration when looking at brand strategy over the next five years.
Apr 11, 2013
Loving this packaging from South African sparkling wine innovators, Stellenbosch stalwarts and generally great value Villiera Wines. It’s been bouncing about on a few sites in the last few weeks and after initially thinking that it was a bit tacky and bordering on over-engineered, I have really come around. The clever use of the die shape for the label gives the bottle an illusion of flow, softness...