Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nobility in a Bottle

This post was inspired last week by someone very dear to me and has been lingering in my head ever since. It's born out of an undying love for a good bottle of wine, my fascination with hotels and good design, and the fantasy of the last scene of French Kiss {the movie with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline}.


I've always known that a bottle from Marques de Riscal will be a good one no matter what. The vineyard was founded in 1858 and since then they have been producing some of the best wines of the Rioja region {located in northern Spain}.


Ciudad del Vino or City of the Wine is a vast complex built on the vineyards grounds that encompasses the old warehouse and the wine-making facilities along with a brand new building designed by Frank O. Gehry which houses a luxury hotel, a spa, 2 restaurants, and a convention center.
The owners of the company convinced Gehry to take on the project by taking him to have a bottle of wine from the year he was born, 1929. He says that the most important thing he considered when designing the building was to blend modernity with the tradition of wine-making.



The facade is designed to resemble the colors of a bottle of wine: gold for the cap, silver for the capsule, and the dark red for the liquid.


I can see myself lounging {with a cutie by my side!} at the terrace of the hotel sipping a glass of that delicious red looking over the vineyards while we wait to go and have an amazing dinner at one of the restaurants... and that dream will come true!

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Have a great day and remember the weekend is almost here!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, amazing! Very psychedelic.

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  2. I know this is a bit silly but I like to choose wine by the bottle's label. I have no idea about wines really but right now I can only drink the sulfite free wines so my options are limited in the states.

    I like the interior of the hotel a lot! The outside looks like it's about to fall and propped up by toothpicks. That's his usual style though.

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  3. Oh wow, this is actually so uncanny. Just yesterday I was watching the travel channel and this exotic building appeared and I thought how amazing is that! I just saw it in passing and had no idea what is was about...thanks for the explanation!

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  4. Wow great building, like its unusual forms!

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  5. Amazing pictures! Have a good weekend too!

    Thx for your lovely comment btw!

    Kisses from Austria,
    Simone

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  6. that building is gorgeous! just wanted to stop by and say hi, it was great meeting you at the miami blogger blitz!

    life spelled jen

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  7. Amazing pictures! Great post.

    Have a good weekend!

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  8. Awesome!! I want to go!! Oh and I just loved the movie French Kiss!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  9. Oh my gosh. I really really want to go. This place looks almost magical!

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  10. these pieces of architecture are insane!!
    xx

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  11. Oh my goodness, it's nothing short of incredible!

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  12. This officially made my day. Amazing!

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  13. How incredible is that!?!? I so want to go! :) xoxo

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  14. How wonderful!! xoxo
    http://www.hellohellofriday.com/

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  15. This is a real place?! No way

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  16. im kind of obsessed with these architecture!

    www.beckspick.com

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  17. Another Gehry masterpiece! I hadn't heard of this place before but seeing the organic waves of the roof, like wine pouring out of the bottle, brought Gehry immediately to mind. Thanks for sharing this! -- J xxx

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  18. What an amazing and ispiring collection of images!!! Well done!!!
    Sending you kisses and hugs.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  19. Oh wow, that building is unbelievable!

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  20. I can't believe I've never heard of this place! I would never have thought to put Gehry and a winery together but it works! Great post )

    Kate
    www.theforgetfulwife.com

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  21. I cannot even begin to tell you how I badly I want to go there now! Thanks so much for sharing, I had no idea.

    x The Pretty Secrets

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