2012 Wine Label Design Competition

     Category:  Multiple Disciplines
     Deadline:  October 19, 2012  (expired!)
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    The Capital Grille is now accepting artwork submissions for its fourth-annual Artist Series Wine Label Design Competition. Through October 19, 2012, aspiring and established artists of all media, aged 21 years or older, are invited to submit original artwork that will be considered for the label of a limited-allocation wine served exclusively at The Capital Grille, whose award-winning wine program is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine.

    This unique competition celebrates the art of the wine label. For centuries, wine-label design was about as basic and austere as a shipping label. That changed in 1940 when Baron Phillippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild began enlisting famous artists, including Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso, to craft a masterpiece for the outside of the bottle that would beautifully convey the work of art inside.

    The bottled inspiration for the 2012 Artist Series competition is a 2009 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, blended by winemaker Heidi von der Mehden from Arrowood Winery and George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s own Master Sommelier. Intensely purple in color, this wine presents aromas of ripe, dark fruits that are matched on the palate with notes of blackberry, plum and blueberry. Mehden and Miliotes describe this exceptional wine as “a natural beauty,” imparting layers of flavor that begin with a deep intensity and end with a soft, rich finish.

    Only 1,000 cases of the Arrowood Cabernet will be produced for this year’s Artist Series event, which will take place next spring in all 47 locations of The Capital Grille nationwide. The restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold to Share Our Strength in support of its mission to end childhood hunger in America. To date, The Capital Grille has raised more than $1,000,000 on behalf of the organization.

    The Capital Grille will retain the rights to the winning artwork, only. All non-winning entrants retain rights to their artwork.

    There is no entry fee.


    Contest is open to legal residents of the continental United States (excluding California where the Promotion is void), who are 21 years of age or older by October 19, 2012.


    In addition to having his or her artwork adorn the bottles of this year’s featured vintage, the winning artist also will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the wine country of California’s Napa Valley.