With the launch of the New Lunar New Year, everyone seems to be embracing the Year of the Snake. The slithering creature's image is appearing on T-shirts, screensavers and even wine bottles.
Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland commissioned artist David L. Goines, who grew up in Grants Pass, to create illustrations of all 12 Lunar Zodiac animal spirits for wine labels to raise money for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where OSF’s “White Snake” was staged in November and December.
On the label for the 2011 viognier, next to his snake illustration is a short character synopsis of its personality type: People born in the year of the Snake – 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025 – “are tenacious, wise and cunning. Snakes symbolize wisdom, and tend to be contemplative and work hard to ensure that things turn out just as they plan. They are cool in a crisis and are successful in business.”
There are 12 bottles, of different varietals, representing each of the 12 animal spirits in the Lunar Zodiac. The 12 bottles ($440) will be packed in wooden presentation crates and limited to 221 sets. The first wines will be released Feb. 23.
See the illustration and read more in the Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130211/LIFE/302110302