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The Wine Label as Art: Sine Qua Non, by Manfred Krankl

Winemaker-artist Manfred Krankl designs his own labels, when the TTB doesn’t get in the way

Posted: February 4, 2014  By Robert Taylor

Many winemakers adorn their bottles with art. Very few make the label art themselves, and none is more famous for doing so than California Rhône cult icon Manfred Krankl, whose coveted Sine Qua Non wines feature a new piece of his original artwork on every cuvée.

A self-taught craftsman, Krankl was never formally trained as a winemaker or as an artist. But collectors patiently wait years for a chance to join the Sine Qua Non mailing list (the secondary-market price for his new wines is double to quadruple what Krankl charges), and his early one-off labels like The Marauder, The Hussy and The 17th Nail in My Cranium have become iconic works of winemaking art in their own right.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Surf vs. Turf: Seaside Seattle Takes on Mile-High Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII

Party recipes from Seattle and Denver chefs, plus 22 Washington wines for $25 or less

Posted: January 28, 2014  By Robert Taylor

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Putting Spain's Toro on the Map

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Robert Taylor

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

An Homage to Beaucastel's Roots

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News & Features

2013: In Memoriam

Tributes to wine and food industry leaders who died this year

Posted: December 30, 2013  By Robert Taylor

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Who Are They Fooling? (A Lot of Folks)

As much as 20 percent of wine on the global market may be fake. Awareness is on the rise, but will the counterfeiting continue?

Posted: November 21, 2013  By Robert Taylor

This past August, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) quietly issued a cease-and-desist letter to New Jersey's Wine Library, one of the largest retailers in the Garden State and a popular wine source for many New Yorkers.

The SLA ordered Wine Library to stop shipping wine to New Yorkers, a practice that is technically illegal but that has been happening for years without complaint or repercussion. Cease-and-desist letter or not, the ban is practically unenforceable-the SLA simply doesn't have the manpower to adequately monitor interstate sales.

Because of the letter, Wine Library and a few other out-of-state retailers indicated they would stop selling wine to New Yorkers. New York retailers worried that they would start receiving similar letters from alcohol authorities in other states, as a form of retaliation. Since then, however, there's been nothing but silence from the authorities, and Wine Library has continued shipping wine to New York.

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

New York Orders New Jersey Retailer to Stay Out

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News & Features

Spain’s Termanthia: Putting Toro on the Wine Map

Winemaker Manuel Louzada presents four vintages of Numanthia-Termes' boutique red

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News & Features

An Homage to Beaucastel's Roots

The Perrin family maintain their devotion to Mourvèdre in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News & Features

Excitement Abounds at Sold-Out Grand Tasting

Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience welcomes thousands

Posted: October 25, 2013  By Robert Taylor

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