Edible Santa Barbara Wine Label Artwork Contest
—Hall of Fame— Most Meaningful of 2019
What the Judges Said: Also dubbed by the judges as Most Artistic. I love the concept behind the artwork for the label, and the beautiful painting. Blending the type by pulling the colors from the same palette keeps the focus on the artwork, while enhancing the organic feel of the label. Exciting artwork, engaging, says what it is with restraint and intention.
From 2019: Although the artwork on the label is compelling on its own, it’s not until you turn the bottle over and read the back label that you feel the full impact. Paradise Springs Winery owner Kirk Wiles, along with his friend artist/actor Billy Zane, came up with the idea of creating this specially labeled wine and donating one-third of the proceeds to rebuilding the community affected by the Thomas Fire and mudslides.
On February 16, 2018, Billy Zane painted the Pink Ash Rosé label in collaboration with Paradise Springs at the legendary Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. While touring the burn and flood sites earlier that day, Billy collected ash and mud samples, which were then incorporated into the painting.
One judge said the artwork was reminiscent of the maps that were shown of the Montecito canyons and debris flows, with the yellow splash representing the rising phoenix.
The 2020 Rosé of Grenache is still available and the original artwork now hangs in the Paradise Springs tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara and can be viewed by all who visit.
Many thanks to our judges: Harriet Eckstein, Jennifer LeMay and Michael Nicola.