The Great Pinzgauer Adventure

Why tour when you can DETOUR?

Gundlach Bundschu vineyard excursions get you off the beaten wine path to taste wines where they are grown.  And we were excited to join them on the tour with our cameras in hand to capture the experience—car bingo, hawaiian bobbleheads, African watusis, wine and all.

Enjoy the video above (produced by Sarah + Peter) and be sure to take the tour next time you have the chance—see the flyer below (designed by Mary)!

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video : Auteur Winery

Few products in our marketplace harbor such a poignant, rounded evolution as wine. If you approach winemaking in the right way, you marry your skills to minerals and weather patterns, long-forgotten volcanoes and riverbeds, the unspoken arc of sun and the eventual movement from light-drenched hillsides to the cool cocoon of casks and caves. You bear witness to the grapes’ transformation, and you do your best to preserve the story of their raw ingredients. It’s time and place in a glass.

Auteur, one of Sonoma’s highly regarded boutique wineries, radiates this understanding of winemaking. This year, the winery celebrates the release of some of winemaker/owner Kenneth Juhasz’s long-awaited estate wines as well the rebirth of their logo and label. Whether it’s that culminating moment that heralds a midnight harvest or the subtle interplay of colors in a new design, Kenneth and Laura understand the importance of process—that a million hand-wrought nuances distinguish great wine from good wine.

We had the privilege to work with them over the course of a few months as they embarked on their own sort of transformation. Here we captured a glimpse of the story of their wine. It’s also worth mentioning we highly recommend the wine. The view from a glass of Auteur is pretty stunning.

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Ra Ra Riot at Gundlach Bundschu

Our friends at Gundlach Bundschu have excellent taste in music.  Case in point: last year’s first annual Huichica Music Festival headlined by Fruit Bats, Vetiver and Citay.  They’re keeping the vibe going this year with a special concert featuring rising indie chamber pop darlings Ra Ra Riot:

There are ruckuses, ragers and rampages, but none of them come close to the riot happening this January 23, when Ra Ra Riot take the stage at Gundlach Bundschu Winery along with special guests Givers and Pepper Rabbit. Ra Ra Riot—a Syracuse-based sextet whose ebullient, string-infused brand of indie rock has enchanted industry arbiters including CMJ, Rolling stone and Pitchfork—promises an intense and unforgettable set, all framed within the extraordinary backdrop of Gundlach Bundschu’s historic redwood barn.

We were excited to help Gundlach Bundschu with their promotional campaign for the event including press releases and print ads (see the ad above, designed by our Design Director Mary!) and we’re even more excited to go to the actual show.

If you’re in the area, be sure to purchase tickets today (as these Gun Bun concerts are known to sell out!)  Word to the wise: it’s a rustic, unheated locale, so dress appropriately and wear layers. You can also warm up with Gun Bun’s award-winning wines . . . !

SONOMA magazine // Fall 2010

Once again sporting art direction and page layouts by Peter, the latest issue of SONOMA magazine—its second issue distributed nationally—features a story on the valley’s sublime Scribe Winery by Sarah:

“Scribe Winery is exquisitely imperfect. This is where the sheen of Wine Country ends and its patchwork, outlaw lore bubbles to the surface. It’s where the dust billows over an irregular dirt road, escorted by a long row of palm trees that beckon you back toward the coarse hillsides and corrupt histories and overgrown, feral sweetness to a turn-of-the-century hacienda wiling away its hours in a state of gauzy, dilapidated bohemian grace. It’s where Andrew Mariani, his brother Adam, their uncle Andrew Avellar and Napa-based winemaker Kristof Anderson spend their hours making a neglected property whole again, and almost coincidentally, crafting lush, drinkable wine…[read more]

We’ve been receiving rave reviews on this issue, and Sarah’s Scribe story in particular. Our favorite response, though, is this note from Adam Mariani of Scribe:

“Beyond the beautiful writing and absorbing journey you take the reader on, we are moved by how well you captured SCRIBE.  It is re-inspiring to hear our manifesto spoken so well in your writing.  Thank you.”

If you don’t subscribe, please go out and pick up a copy at the newsstand—or at least check out some of the content on the magazine’s web site!

Also, be sure to check out the video we produced on Scribe Winery for Cult Sonoma!

video // cult sonoma

We’re under the spell of Scribe Winery . . . here’s a video we produced on the subject for Cult Sonoma!

Update: We were able to return to Scribe Winery for their last bash before they remodel “The Hacienda.” The event was a collaboration between the winery and 18 Reasons:

video : cult sonoma // Huichica Music Festival

Another video we produced for cultsonoma.com—this one a summary of the first annual Huichica Music Festival at Gundlach Bundschu Winery.

photos // Huichica Music Festival : 2010

As total music geeks, we were beyond thrilled to help Jeff Bundschu and the Gundlach Bundschu Winery team promote the exciting first annual Huichica Music Festival.  Featuring several of our favorite bands—Citay, Fruit Bats, Vetiver—the festival was a complete success and we’re already excited for the second annual ballyhoo.  In the meantime, a trip down memory lane via photography . . .

video : cult sonoma // Heels & Wheels Fashion Show

We spent a lot of time promoting this event, so when the night came, we donned our best duds, overcame some stage fright with a speech, jumped into the DJ booth and enjoyed the show. Above is a video we produced for Cult Sonoma recapping the evening . . .