Summer | The grapevine responds to the character of the land and the climate of a place. Vintners engage with its fruit so rooted in centuries of agricultural myth and history. Their intuition (alongside science and technology) guides in bringing the grape to the table—in this case, the glass—infused with everything from terroir to silky cassis to tangerine-lime over or undertones. We celebrate with, have conversation over, prepare and pare with this most meaningful of poetry…

While walking through late winter vineyards some months ago, I reflected on the many boxes, labels, corks, foils and every other kind of support material I’ve art directed and designed. I responded to the character of the land and the climate of the place. Crafting brand authenticity and meaning, partnering with lithographers and social media mavens to bring tales and trends to market—each vintner, winery, or brand manager compelled me to honor the land first, then the history and culture as referents.