Arcus means rainbow in Latin. (Rainbow wine, oh my!)
So, I didn’t personally make this wine (obviously). But I did design the label! I partnered with a very special local winemaker, Ian Burrows of Aerea Vintners, who offered to donate 75 bottles of this very limited-edition wine, made by hand right here in Oregon, in the beautiful Willamette Valley. This was actually all his idea. He suggested that maybe I’d like to donate the proceeds from the sale of this very special wine to a charity of my choice. Something close to my heart. YES, I immediately said. Yes yes YES.
My two kiddos and I have been going to a place called The Dougy Center since the beginning of this past summer. The Dougy Center is for grieving children who’ve lost a close family member. (As you may know, my husband died in August 2018. I was a few months pregnant at the time. My older child was not quite 3 at the time.) We go to the Dougy Center twice a month, and it’s free of cost. It’s an incredible resource that’s available to my children and to me, right here in Portland. The volunteers who lead the groups are loving, caring people (some of whom have also lost important loved ones and who understand personally what it’s like) who show up for the kids and for the parents of the kids. I’m so grateful to have a place to take my children, to ask questions, to share what’s going on for me and my family, and to connect with fellow parents and families who are in situations similar to my own.
The Dougy Center is the perfect place to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this extra special wine.
It’s currently fermenting slowly in barrel in Newberg, Oregon, and Ian says it’s the most delicious-smelling young wine that he’s created to date. I can’t wait to taste this wine when it’s ready!
It will be finished, bottled, and shipped beginning in May 2020 in very limited quantities. The wine was very directly inspired by the youthful energy and hope that my very own two children, Coen and Georgia, embody. The wine is just one single barrel composed of organically grown, co-fermented Syrah with a tiny 5% splash of Gamay Noir and Viognier grapes. It is being traditionally fermented to develop a spicy and savory dry red wine with subtle floral and stone fruit character. Ian says this 2019 vintage is offering unbelievably fresh and vibrant wines which you’ll be able to enjoy immediately once bottled or which might do well cellaring under careful conditions.
Each bottle of Arcus wine will be:
- Individually gift wrapped
- Wax-dipped in fuchsia beeswax
- Signed by both Ian and I, the winemaker and the designer
- Filled with love and gratitude
- Delivered by ground shipping via UPS to home or office directly from the winery. (An adult over 21 years old must be present to receive package.) Shipping is included in the cost.
- Bottles will be shipped beginning in May 2020
*Please note: Unfortunately wine cannot be shipped to Rhode Island, Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, or Delaware. It also cannot be shipped overseas.