PaperSpecsGallery.com Presents: Literary Wine Pairing (Video)
"Three authors, three short stories, three small bottles of wine. Librottiglia is where great wine and literary pleasure meet. The combination of a conservative product such as wine with a beautifully crafted book is both innovative and modern." – Paula Costa, Reverse Innovation
Like blades of grass poking up through the concrete, the printed word increasingly appears in places where you’d least expect it to in order to lure people, however briefly, away from their phones. Famously, Chipotle has decorated its cups with illustrations and stories by celebrated authors since 2014. The Italian winery Matteo Correggia has gone the restaurant chain one better by affixing an entire beautifully printed short story to bottles of its Librottiglia Wine.
“Today we read books on computers, tablets and mobile phones,” observes Paula Acosta of Reverse Innovation, the creative agency responsible for the move. “Why not on a bottle of wine?”
Writers have enjoyed a long and infamous relationship with alcohol in all its forms, so why shouldn’t bottles of same spread an author’s work around to a new audience sufficiently mellowed to receive it?
In this case, three authors collaborated closely with Reverse Innovation and the winery “in order to achieve an in-depth exploration of the nature of the wine and the mood it evokes,” Paula explains. “From romance, to humor to murder, the short stories all strive to reflect and complement the particular personality of” each of the three wines. (In other words, see previous paragraph.)
Each bottle’s Singer-sewn “label book” was digitally printed CMYK on gloriously textured Fedrigoni Tintoretto Stucco Gesso 220 gsm Cover.
Artistic details are highlighted by a spot gloss UV varnish while the company logo is embossed: check out the blue “Reservoir Dogs” like silhouettes on the cover of “L’Omicidio,” the title of which says it all in any language.
“The minimalist graphic style recalls the visual language of vintage soft-cover, short-story books,” says Paula. “A fine cord is used to fix the book closed and establishes a visual ‘common thread’ that strengthens the identity of the coordinated product line. Once purchased, the cord converts the opening and closing of the book into a ritual.” While this last bit is a tad disingenuous — how many openings and closings are you really going to get out of a 12 oz. bottle of wine — the cord does add an unexpected degree of elegance to an already wonderfully tactile piece of packaging.
Collectively, it all comes together to, in the words of the Reverse Innovation creative team, serve as “a reminder of the value of unplugging ourselves from our personal technology and [taking] the time to recharge our own batteries and indulge the senses.”
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.