Wine label artists awarded

The winners of the 2005 Grand Old House art competition were awarded their prizes recently.

Local artist Joanne Sibley won first prize in the wine category with a water colour rendition of the restaurant.

In the sparkling wine competition, artists John Broad and Debbie Chase shared the $300 cash prize and the case of sparkling wine.

‘They were both so good,’ said Grand Old House manager Martin Richter, ‘we decided to use both of them and let them split the prize.’

Mr. Broad’s label depicted a bride and groom in Grand Old House’s gazebo. The top of the image used the warm hues of a sunset, while the bottom of the image, which was a reflection of the top, showed the cool blue hues of the ocean.

‘I’ve always had a kind of hankering to design a wine label,’ said Mr. Broad, who added this was the first time he had ever entered a contest to design one.

‘They used to have labels designed by artists in the UK, and I was always fascinated.’

Ms Chase focused on a view of Grand Old House looking toward the ocean at the gazebo.

The labels have been placed on Grand Old House’s 2006 house wines, which this year come from Austria.

‘We taste approximately 50 to 60 wines fro wineries in Austria, France, Italy and elsewhere,’ said Mr. Richter.

The house wines are chosen for their abilities to match with foods served at the restaurant, and with Cayman’s climate.

‘We look for medium bodied wines that are easy to drink, and with less alcohol content,’ said Mr. Richter, who added white wines should be crisp and fresh with very low acidity and the red wines should not be oak barrelled, but fermented in classic metal barrels.