As a general rule, I do not respond to the mountain of press releases that I receive every week. I somehow got onto a list where I am notified for everything ranging from a new retreat for wolves opening in Nebraska to Lady Gaga’s newest fashion statement. Don’t get me wrong, I love wolves and Lady Gaga just as much as the next person, but I am definitely not the guy that should be talking about fashion and I am not sure how I feel about Nebraska
This week, however, I received a press release from the fine people at Quintessential Wines, U.S. importers of many of the best family-owned wines from around the world. Thanks to Quintessential, I have been introduced to many great wines and have met some wine-making giants.
One such icon was Georges Dubœuf, the pope of Beaujolais, who sadly passed away earlier this year. George’s son Franck has been running Les Vins Georges Dubœuf for a while now and just this past week, one of the initiatives begun under his watch kicked off its fourth iteration.
Since 2017, Les Vins Georges Dubœuf has conducted a yearly competition to determine the design for the coming vintage of their ubiquitous Beaujolais Nouveau bottles. This past vintage, the 2019 bottles sported artwork by Dallas artist Laura Runge.
The contest is open to any legal resident of the United States (over the age of 21) and artists are encouraged to create works that capture the fresh and youthful character of Beaujolais Nouveau, a fruity, juicy, and fun wine that is released worldwide on the third Thursday of November each year as the “first wine of the harvest.”
The competition, which officially began on Monday, March 2nd, is open to all legal residents of the United States (who are at least 21 years old). Submissions will be accepted until April 1st at which point a panel of experts will select 15 finalists, which will then be displayed on the Dubœuf website for a final online vote.
In addition to having their artwork on over a million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau (as well as Beaujolais Villages Nouveau and Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé), the winning artist will receive a grant of nearly $3500. Two runners-up will each receive grants of $1500.
More information (as well as the current submissions) can be found at the contest’s website: www.NouveauLabelContest.com .