Barrel + Ink is our vision for a different kind of wine company. We believe the critical press and the opinions of the few are ruining wine. Barrel + Ink gives the world’s best winemakers the opportunity to craft wines with complete creative freedom.
In the spirit of creative freedom, each winemaker is paired with an equally iconic artist to break most (all) of the rules. From the label, to the cork, to the wine inside the bottle, every element is crafted to delight.
Steve Matthaisson is a farmer first and a winemaker second. He’s also the poster child for restraint and balance in California winemaking. Master of Mountains is unapologetically un-Californian Chardonnay. A love of skateboarding, broken boundaries, and an immediate affinity for Joshua Davis’ precise, angular style drove this collaboration.
If you like high-acid, dry white wines that are built for food, Master Of Mountains is your new go-to.
Try it with: fresh shucked oysters, sole with lemon sauce, or oven roasted chicken.
Pax Mahle is one of the founding fathers of Syrah in California. He’s a fervent believer in exploring extremes and strives to, “bottle wildness.” Illustrator, Meg Hunt, imagined her label as a surprise—part leopard, part tiger, and full of energy bursting from the bottle.
Jet Set Jungle was fermented in concrete by whole cluster carbonic maceration and was inspired by the light, fruit driven wines of the Beaujolais region of France.
Try it with: crusty baguette, Camembert, and country ham.
Andy Erickson is one of Napa’s most celebrated winemakers. Interessante is unlike anything he’s ever made before. This collaboration started with a Spring picnic at Andy’s rustic country property and continued with a trip to Jessica Hische’s studio in San Francisco.
If you like aromatic dry white wines that are rich and full, Interessante will knock your socks off.
Try it with: fresh seafood, chicken mole, or a sunny afternoon.
Pax Mahle is one of the founding fathers of Syrah in California. He’s a fervent believer in exploring extremes and strives to, “bottle wildness.” It’s this desire to capture the wild that renowned illustrators Sarah and Ryan Labieniec of Lab Partners endeavored to convey in ‘Thief’.
Thief is built around an intense core of black fruits, leather, and violets that define great Syrah.
Try it with: flame grilled meats, root vegetables, or dancing on tables.
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