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Secular Symbols on Wine Labels

Posted by EMark, Jul 7, 2011.

Rotedel started an interesting discourse on Spiritual Symbology on wine labels.  Without getting all Robert Langdon, I have noticed interesting secular symbols on labels.  Please correct any mistakes I make, below:

Trentadue Winery--always has the number 32 on their labels.  "Trenta-due" is Italian for "thirty-two."

Grgich Hills--always has two symbols.  On the lower left of the label is a checkered design.  This is the coat of arms from the Croatian flag.  Croatia is the ancestral home of Mike Grgich.  On the right of the label is a (non-Ferrari) prancing horse.  I do not know the significance of the horse.  I suspect that it is a nod to Austin Hills or his family.

David Bruce--has a version of the Bruce family coat of arms on the label.

Chappelet--has an arrangement of three isoceles triangles.  This is a depiction of an overhead view of the roof of the Chappelet winery.

Whitehall Lane Winery--has a lion in a disk on their labels.  I don't know the significance of that.

DeLoach--has the Fleur de Lis.  French heritage?

Does anybody have any other examples or updates to mine?

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 7, 2011.

No update or addition, but a question: Why did Chappelet make the winery that way?  I guess I need to look at the website. 

How did St. Supery come up with their name, BTW? I understand it's completely made up.  But why Supery?  Sounds like Exupery, the author of The Little Prince?

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Reply by EMark, Jul 7, 2011.

All good questions Foxall.

I assumed that the architect was given free rein on the winery design, but I've never really pursued it.  Somewhere in the cobwebs of my brain I have a recollection that it it supposed to evoke a pyramid.

I'd never thought of the the origin of the St. Supery name.  There are so many made up names in California, that they are 

ubiquitous.  St. Supery slipped by me.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 8, 2011.

If I make up a saint, is that secular or religious?  Or blasphemous?

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Reply by EMark, Jul 8, 2011.

I used to live in the town of San Dimas.  I'll be darned if I know who St. Dimas is.  I don't think you would be a leader in Saint-creating blasphemy or even sacrelige.

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Reply by Snoother 415522, Jul 11, 2011.

The lion on Whitehall Lane labels represents a family crest for the Leonardini Family.  Leo is lion in Italian.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 12, 2011.

Very interesting, 415522.  Two bits of information from one question.  Thank you very much.


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