– decanter for unique winery in mendocino
How do you bring a unique winemaking process to the restaurant table?
This project was a collaboration between Saracina Vineyards in Hopland, CA and the Glass and Industrial Design departments at California College of the Arts. Saracina Vineyards, grows grapes and makes wine on a small scale, allowing them to experiment with biodynamic growing practices and innovative winemaking techniques.
John Fetzer and Patty Rock, the owners of Saracina, asked us to design a decanter for their tasting room - to create a signature experience at their vineyard.
I was particularly inspired by their experiments with aging wine in ceramic barrels - an unusual practice today but actually a method used by ancient Chinese winemakers. My decanter design referenced their striped ceramic barrels as a testament to their commitment to both tradition and innovation.
After creating lightweight foam models and a plaster mold, I worked with a gaffer from the Glass department (Colin O'Reilly) to create a prototype in glass. We had many wonderful "failures" and unpredictably great results, and the final prototype (complete with sandblasted details and branding) was well-received by the Saracina staff.