“Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms … In both cases you have to start with top notch raw materials—whether it’s the land or a script.” — Francis Ford Coppola
So many people are drawn to wine labels. After recently visiting Sonoma & Napa Valley in California, I joined that club. However, a fancy label doesn’t mean an over-the-top wine, so one should choose wisely!
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery was one of my favorites. It produces a series of wines—and labels—that are very unique.
The “Director’s Collection,” which has been around for years, has labels that are clever, beautifully illustrated, and depict something that has to do with the movie industry. The last set of wines produced for this series, Coppola called “Director’s Great Movies.” His labels/movies of choice for this series were movies he considers to be “classics:” Jaws (1975), King Kong (1933) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). And the wines are delicious—a 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2014 Merlot.
Coppola chose illustrations of these three films that I think were perfectly matched. The illustrator, Laurent Durieux, did an amazing job with the artwork. Coppola selected Durieux after he presented Coppola with a poster he had created that was inspired by the Godfather film. Coppola immediately saw the passion in his artwork and thought that his posters would make great wine labels for his “Director’s Collection.”
Interestingly, Durieux puts a little “find” so to speak in his artwork for each label. Pick up a bottle of the 2014 Vintage Merlot—Wizard of Oz and see if you can find the witch. Or, what does the black panel on the umbrella represent on the label of the 2015 Chardonnay—Jaws?