The French word for “darkness” conjures up thrills, romance and mystery. The atmosphere of classic film noir. The taste of pinot noir wine.
Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes pinot noir as “the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic.” Grand Ideas gets to taste the sophistication this year – we’re thrilled to be producing promotional items for Balo Vineyards, a pinot noir winery nestled in the heart of California’s Anderson Valley.
Michelle and Tim Mullins started Balo Vineyards in 1998, painstakingly nurturing estate-grown fruit. After eight years of selling grapes to other bottling companies, they’re finally starting their own label – with custom artwork created by the famous designer Gerald Reis.
Trés chic, oui?
Michelle and Tim are having their second pouring at the vineyard’s newly constructed retail site on May 11th — then they’re taking their exquisite wines to the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, coming up on May 19th. This will be Balo’s second year at the Grand Tasting Festival, pairing perfect pinot noir with fine cuisine. And Grand Ideas is providing the promotional items: Balo-themed shirts, hats and aprons like the ones below. Hoodies are coming soon!
Stop by www.killerpinot.com and check out the Balo story. You may even want to order a case of pinot…Grandee Ray, the founder of Grand Ideas, managed to get a rare case of the inaugural pinot noir, plus one of rosé. Now that’s sophistication.