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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?



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?

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.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 8, 2011.

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

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.

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.

Reply by EMark, Jul 12, 2011.

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

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