Lovers of fine wine and food often savor the rich, authentic atmosphere in which they are enjoyed as much as they do the food and wine. One example of this is the new wave of wineries that now serve fine food with their wines in a refined, â€śworking wineryâ€ť environment. Here guests are surrounded by large oak wine casks and barrels, and other tools and symbols of the art of wine making â€“ often inside an operating wine cave or cellar.
Hospitality designers and owners can bring that same ambiance into the dining rooms and bars of restaurants and clubs with a combination of authentic looking wine cask reproductions and surroundings that evoke the feeling of a working winery, such as this bar room wall at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Churrascaria in Chicago.
Lots of wine lover gift lists come out this time of year. This one is a little different. Weâ€™ve researched and identified the top personalized gifts for wine lovers. ok, we may be a tiny bit biased as one of the gifts on our list is a product we make. A personalized gift is customized or individualized in a way that is meaningful to the recipient. Often this involves some kind of text inscription or engraving – possibly just the recipientâ€™s name, monogram or just an initial, but may involve other custom features that have a strong personal emotional appeal.
Isnâ€™t every carving inherently 3 dimensional you might well ask ?
Well, yes, in the sense that carving into any material results in a surface with at least some depth, and therefore at least some 3-dimensionality. However, the distinction weâ€™re making here is between a carved surface that is comprised of curves in 3D space, versus one comprised of lines or pocketed areas carved into a flat surface. This Dragonâ€™s Head Pub barrel head carving incorporates examples of both. The intricate celtic weave border is 3D, while the dragon and text are 2D. Lets look into both of these styles of carving a little deeper, especially as they apply to decorative wood carvings.
Thereâ€™s no better or more practical way to add a big authentic piece of wine country dĂ©cor into a home or business than with a wine barrel clock.Â Being large and round, wine barrel heads are the perfect raw material for making truly unique, large wooden wall clocks.
For those who love wine, wineries and the whole wine country experience, thereâ€™s an almost irresistible urge to bring some of that ambiance back into their home wine bar or cellar, or wherever they enjoy drinking wine with friends and family.Â And for wine-oriented businesses like wineries, tasting rooms, wine stores and restaurants, nothing makes a bigger statement to the wine enthusiast than a wine barrel head clock with their logo beautifully carved on the face.
Wine barrel clocks are available from a number of sources, including the â€śdo-it- yourselferâ€ť, in a very wide variety of looks and styles.Â They range from very basic and rustic (perhaps just the unfinished flat head of the barrel with a simple stenciled clock face), to stunning hand painted 3d relief carvings of wine and grape themed artwork on a full eighth or â€śtenthâ€ť barrel end, to gorgeous carvings of a wine business logo â€“ all with a variety of clock face styles.
Hereâ€™s a couple examples from both ends of the spectrum
â€śWine barrel artâ€ť can be defined as the broad range of aesthetic objects made from wine barrels through an artisanâ€™s skill and creative imagination. These objects make natural elements of a â€świne dĂ©corâ€ť for decorating and accessorizing wineries, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants, as well as home wine cellars and bars.
In this article we provide a brief review of wine barrel art â€“ focusing on its origins in the old world folk-art of barrel carving. In Part 2 of this article we will provide an overview of the wide range of artisan products made from wine barrels today.
Wine barrels have been around a very long time. The first recorded accounts of wood casks used for storing and transporting wine were in Babylon about 4000 years ago. However, the wine barrel we know today was most likely developed by the Celts around 400 BC, who had migrated to what is now the Burgundy region of France. They used techniques employing heat, water and pressure adapted from ship-building to shape wood staves into water-tight containers. The Romans embraced the concept and made extensive use of these barrels to transport all kinds of bulk goods around their empire, spreading the art of barrel making widely across Europe.
For some, the term â€śWine Barrel DĂ©corâ€ť evokes images of kitschy knick-knacks, furniture, and planters and made from old wine barrels. Not anymore. Todayâ€™s burgeoning interest in wine, wine country lifestyle and wine-themed dĂ©cor is driving an enormous wave of interest in high-end decorative wood art incorporating or made from wine barrels and casks.
We see this trend across a broad range of markets – high-end restaurants and bars, elegant tasting rooms, modest eateries, fine home wine cellars and bars â€¦the list goes on. Some see wine barrel decor as a way to bring the casual, romantic charm of their favorite winery into their home or business. For others itâ€™s a modern update to the old world folk art of barrel carving. Either way, it seems to speak directly to the heart of the wine lover in almost everyone.
Our August trip to Southern Oregon wine country was wonderful!Â Â We visited many lovely wineries in the Applegate Valley and the Rogue River area. We attended Oregon’s WOW (World of Wines) Festival sponsored by the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association and the Southern Oregon Winery Association. We tasted many fine award winning wines paired with fantastic foods. The event was held at the beautiful Del Rio Vineyards.
We recently introduced a cool new product that wineries, tasting room and restuarants just love. Its a double sided chalkboard easel (available in classic black or white dry-erase) with a very unique wine stave A-Frame design.Â …for only $179 !!
Wine barrels have been around a LONG time. Wine lovers have always been intrigued with their esthetics and with incorporating them into various forms of â€świne artâ€ť or â€śwood artâ€ť after they are retired from winemaking. They are still hand-made today by skilled artisans from the finest, clearest, most beautiful quarter-sawn oak that money can buy. Recycling the highest quality barrels into wine art is their best & highest use â€“ way better & higher than turning them into planter boxes.
We recently received several large new shipments of fine oak barrels from local wineries – the main raw material for our growing list of products.Â Our thanks to Bridlewood Estate Winery, Presidio Winery, Epiphany Cellars, Hitching Post Winery, Sanford Winery, Tensely WineryÂ for your continued support!Â Â Please contact us if you are a California Central Coast winery wishing to sell your retired French oak barrels!