Pouring wine – and design

True wine enthusiasts would shudder at such an approach, but we’ll be the first to admit that we’ve been swayed by the design of a bottle of wine.

It’s so pretty it has to be good, right?

Well, we recently had our admittedly uneducated approach get a little vote of confidence. We received a sample bottle of Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé, marveled at its design… and found the contents to be anything but disappointing.

Here’s how the publicity materials describe this release:

“The first point of contact with a wine is in how the bottle looks. Does it tell a beautiful story with its design? Does it leave you curious to taste and learn more? Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé, with its Gaudí-inspired design in varying shades of pink, does all that and did we mention, it’s also bubbly?

“Invite the world of fine art and design into your life when you pop a bottle of Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé wrapped with design inspired by the world-famous designer Antoni Gaudí. An homage to the winery’s Barcelona heritage, Vilarnau highlights Gaudí’s famous ‘mosaic’ Trencadis style with the Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé. As an ideal gifting wine, no wrapping is required.”

Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé D.O. Cava, with a suggested retail price of $15, features “an intense pink color with great aromatic complexity. The Brut Rosé, which is 90 percent Trepat and 10 percent Pinot Noir, is bright and floral, with fresh raspberries and rose petals and notes of candied lemon on the nose.”

Those we shared it with – expecting something sweet – were surprised, but let’s just say there was nothing left after dinner.

For more, visit vilarnau.es/en.

– Mary Shustack

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