Every 3 years the Clampitt Paper Company hosts a wine label design competition that gets the entire Dallas design community buzzing. Each designer is only allowed 1 entry, and our instruction is to come up with the name of the wine and design a label for the bottle with complete creative freedom….
The winner, which this year happend to be ME, gets an all expense paid trip for two to Californina wine country to experience the whole bottling process of this prized vintage!
This was my very first visit out to Sonoma, and I completely fell in love with the people, the food and the atmosphere.
Over the long three day weekend I was able to enjoy the most amazing company with the Clampitt family, colleagues and friends. And Oh My Gosh – the FOOD! We ate some of the most delicious and fresh food, which I’m still dreaming about.
I have to sing the praises of chef Catherine Venturini (Olive & Vine). My taste buds first met her at lunch which was catered by her talented crew. Later that evening we were able to enjoy the hospitality and fantastic cooking at her restaurant Olive & Vine. Should you find yourself in Sonoma I highly recommend a visit, or two, to this fantastic restaurant. The dining room has sky-high ceilings with a view in to the completely open kitchen along the back wall, it felt like I was walking in to a family members kitchen and living room, and the genuine service and sumptuous meal helped me recline into the atmosphere even more.
I ordered the Osso Buco – which to my happy surprise was made with pork, and simmered in white wine as opposed to the traditional red. This lightened up the dish just enough for me to save room for dessert.
Our bottling adventure took place the following day at at Moondance Cellars. True to Sonoma nature -David and Priscilla were such gracious hosts. Their vineyard and home is a slice or heaven! A toast with some bubbly, and a few brief instructions and were were off to man our stations in the assembly line. It’s amazing how fast a crew of 20 can bottle, cork, label, and box… all with glasses full of wine.
Heidi couldn’t shake the Paper Trail from her tracks.
More photos from our fabulous wine country adventure can be found on flickr.