Northwest Cellars: Artist Series by Richard Duval

by Shona Milne on August 31, 2011

Celebrating the mutual world of fine art and fine wine, Northwest Cellars will introduce its Artist Series collection next month matching six of its award-winning wines with an original image from photographer Richard Duval, of VineLines, on each label.

Selected by Northwest Cellars owner Bob Delf, the four reds, one white, and one sparkling — housed in a custom-built wooden case – go on sale on Sept. 2 at Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane, WA, and Sept. 10 at Northwest Cellars tasting room in Kirkland, WA. The six label images selected by Delf and Duval feature striking photos from Duval’s extensive photo travels, including two images from his latest wine image exhibit “Art from the Vine.” Duval opens this exhibit on Sept. 2 at Nectar Tasting Room to coincide with the release of the Artist Series. He also will be on hand at the official rollout of the Artist Series collection at Northwest Cellars tasting room on Sept. 10 from 1-4 to discuss the images and autograph the cases.

The six wines featured in the Artist Series – which retails for $195 – are 2001 Brut, 2009 Adagio, 2007 Cabernet, 2008 Sangiovese, and two soon-to-be released vintages – the 2009 Madrigal, a Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend; and the 2007 Intrigue. Adorned with the select images, the Artist Series is meant as a true collectors’ item, as much for the label as the wine.

“This is a logical next step for us,” said Bob Delf. “We have always admired Rick’s work, and are proud to collaborate with him on this project. Our aim is for the collector to enjoy the wine and admire the label. Future Artist Series releases will offer an equally exciting match between our wines and memorable artistic imagery.”

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