David O’Reilly (Owen Roe), thinking about a name for his new Washington State based value wine label, looked up in the air and found his inspiration. Crows. Lots of crows, circling everywhere – around his winery in Sunnyside, over the vineyards, all over central Washington State.
“Corvidae” is the name for the genus including crows, magpies, and related birds. Crow mythology and folktales inspired the wine names.
Owen Roe’s logo for Rook says: ”Lucky at cards…”
Lenore Syrah 06 label says:
“For the rare and radiant
maiden whom the angels name
Lenore, nameless here forevermore.”
The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe
Corvidae’s Keeper Cabernet Franc 07 label says:
“Do not look upon me [with scorn],
because I am dark, because the sun
has tanned me. My mother’s sons
were angry with me; they made me
the keeper of the vineyards,
but my own vineyard I have not kept.” (Song 1:6)
The labels are equally clever. And the wines are quite good…esp for the under $20, even under $10 prices.