Packaging Design – Wine Charms and Biscotti


As a gift to wine club members, Trinitas Cellars (left) planned to give custom-made wine charms (using the visual elements in their logo). The trick was creating packaging that reinforced the brand’s message and attractively displayed the charms. But wait! There’s more… In addition, to test the effectiveness of the gift, the client wanted to extend a 10% off discount on the back of the wine charm packaging card. The design challenge: Ensuring no key information was blocked by the actual wine charms attached to the card.

Tuscan Cowgirl Dezerts (right) brought lots of specific visuals ideas to the table that they wanted combined: The cowgirl was a metal figurine they wanted on the label. The landscape background evolved from elements of several pictures, paintings and tapestries. To top it all off, the client requested the cowgirl be lassoing a rope (originally around the company name). All requested components were seamlessly integrated into the design for a cohesive and unique look for this high-end baked goods company.

Wine Labels – Woman’s Work Chardonnay and Hound Dog Red


Electrician by day, winemaker by night, this garagiste winemaker chose the name and base artwork as it related specifically to a vintage in which very careful harvest picking was required (left). The color scheme was chosen to honor the original Rosie the Riveter artwork but with an updated look that reflects a completely different industry.

The second wine – a red blend – was designed to have a somewhat similar appearance but no silhouette. A howling good red!

Both design projects’ primary challenges were meeting the client’s limited budget. With less than a barrel’s worth of wine each, only a small number of labels were required. On demand printing techniques were used with a peel ‘n’ crack cold adhesive.

Label and Package Design – Legs Wine


This client began as a garagiste and has since expanded to sell the wines. The brand name came from the two lady winemakers who were very tall (still are!) and known for their gams. Striking upon the right visuals took a bit of time (before I came onto the scene). When I showed them a quick mock up of the seamed stockings in stilletoes with the logo font, they were immediately sold on the concept. And while they were still working out of the garage (literally) with small batches of wine, I recommended they match the Christian Laboutin, shoe-sole red with a red wax closure.

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