Release date: November 8, 2010
Puzzle Wine Rack ($68)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) MuseumStore is pleased to offer unique and exclusive wine products in conjunction with the exhibition How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now, on view at SFMOMA from November 20, 2010, to April 17, 2011. From special glassware, carafes, and wine accessories to limited-edition prints, the MuseumStore has treasures for the wine lover in all of us. See them in the exhibition; take them home with you from the MuseumStore!
Exclusive SFMOMA Wine Products
The SFMOMA MuseumStore has commissioned San Francisco–based Hatch Design to create limited-edition lithograph posters of Napa, Sonoma, and California wine regions. The posters will retail for $25 and are a colorful way to take the exhibition home with you. Hatch is also developing special exhibition-related wine coasters and canvas wine totes, all with the same graphic pattern, as well as specialty chocolates by TCHO that pair perfectly with wine. As the label suggests, "Like wine, chocolate starts life as a friut that manifests a variety of flavors." The box contains confections in "chocolatey," "nutty," "fruity," and "citrus" flavors, in reference to common aromas of wine.
The exhibition features unique glassware that will also be on sale at the MuseumStore. Offered as a set of two, the Rotario-glass in motion ($135) is a stylish mouth-blown crystal stemless glass that rotates on its base. No matter how you put it down, it never tips over. Oxygen is automatically supplied to enhance the ideal development of taste and bouquet. Form and purpose find a perfect interaction.
Also on offer is the leaded crystal Paro Double Wine Goblet ($180), which marries two vessels into one graceful object. Designed in 1983 by Achille Castiglioni, the goblet can be used upside down or right side up: the inverted cones serve as both base and bowl for either red or white wine.
Maarten Baptist took a typical Dutch perspective on a triangular aesthetic and created the Louise Tripod Wine Glass ($110 for a set of four). A refreshing take on glass design, these glasses are remarkably stable and hand-blown in Holland.
For wine lovers on the go, the Govino Stemless Go Anywhere Wine Glasses ($12.95 for a set of four) are elegant, shatterproof, reusable, and recyclable. A wine goblet that is unbreakable! Made from a proprietary, food- and pharmaceutical-safe PETG, the glass looks and performs like crystal, reflecting the wine's color and aromatics. The unique ergonomic thumb-notch makes wine swirling simple.
Also on sale is a range of glasses by world-renowned glassmakers Riedel. From the O to Go to the Sommelier Series and the Vinum Glassware in between, the MuseumStore has it all. Prices range from $14 to $125 for a single glass.
For the consummate entertainer, the MuseumStore offers a selection of wine carafes to adorn every table. How many glasses does the average wine bottle hold? In the case of the Carafe Un Verre ($115) by Claudio Colucci, just one. This two-in-one marvel is mouth blown from a single piece of glass; no two carafes are identical. As the bottle is emptied, the wineglass within remains full. It's a quietly poetic visual on any table and will lead to conversation in more ways than one.
The elegant Citterio Decanter ($60) allows wine to breathe and ignites the ruby-red brilliance of a vintage wine with every element reduced to its purest, most essential, functional purpose.
What more do you need in a decanter than the Menu Wine Breather Carafe ($70), which aerates your wine in one easy step? Simply press the Menu Wine Breather Carafe onto the top of an opened bottle of wine and flip it over so that the wine pours into the decanter. You can serve the wine from the carafe, or flip it back over once it's done, pour the aerated wine back into the original bottle, and serve. Wine aeration takes only two minutes!
A host of Riedel decanters are also available including the Eve Decanter ($495), the Amadeo Decanter ($395), and the Flamingo Decanter ($395).
To decant without a decanter, the MuseumStore features the award-winning Vignon Decanting Pourer ($28), which optimally oxygenates wine on its way from bottle to glass, and the new Vignon Vacuum Stopper ($35), which removes all air from the bottle with just a few pump actions and seals it for up to six days.
San Francisco lovers and wine enthusiasts can treat themselves to the Laguiole Golden Gate Bridge Corkscrew ($320). This special corkscrew is made in part with metal collected from the Golden Gate Bridge.
The new Vertical Rabbit corkscrew ($65) is as easy as placing the opener over the bottle and lowering and raising a lever. It pulls a cork in three seconds and ejects it immediately with the lowering and raising of the handle.
With a twirl and a twist, the Wine Cork Trivet Kit ($14) is too cute and functional to resist! An imaginative and delightful way to help the environment by reusing and recycling your favorite wine corks, this potholder protects your tables from hot serving dishes, teapots, or saucepans and efficiently cools whatever you've been baking. Simply screw eight wine corks onto each of the metal spokes, and voilà: an easy-to-make, ever-useful trivet!
The Chic Monsieur Corkscrew ($48) has been created to pay tribute to the corkscrew as a tool by revealing its naked structure, without embellishments. It renews the link with a simple and purely functional form.
The limited-edition 60th-anniversary Bilame Anniversary Corkscrew ($22) is the famed twin-blade corkscrew that extracts the cork, leaving it intact—just like the cork puller Dad had.
For the wine lover who has everything, the MuseumStore offers a bevy of unique accessories including a wine thermometer ($38) that attaches like a belt around the bottle and allows you to read the temperature on the digital display within minutes; wine stoppers ($15) shaped like the animals of the Chinese zodiac that represent the animals' different personalities; colorful glass markers ($10 for a set of 12) to get the party started and identify whose drink is whose, thanks to suction cups that stick to glass; and Toplight ($35) by Lena Bergstrom, a candleholder that gives new life to used wine bottles. The MuseumStore will also stock coasters, bottle stoppers, wine totes, foil cutters, wine games, wine tasting journals, and much more.
Whether you are riding Muni or running errands in the car, ZEbag ($95) makes carrying bottles safer and ensures that your delicious beverages make it home safely. When you get home, ZEbag also serves as an impromptu wine rack. Lying flat, ZEbag can hold 11 bottles. Hung on the back of a door or fixed to the wall, it serves as a decorative six-bottle storage unit.
Also on offer is a truly unique aluminum wine tray ($98) designed to fit four stemmed wineglasses and a bottle of wine. This simple and elegant tray is formed from a thin piece of extruded metal.
The Puzzle Wine Rack ($68) features both horizontal and vertical interlocking units, creating different configurations and color combinations.
Sparked by the graphic line of hanging grapes, the wall-mounted wine rack ($68) from Danish brand Menu allows you to suspend all kinds of bottles: ordinary ones, slim dessert ones, and even heftier bottles of Champagne.
About the SFMOMA MuseumStore
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's (SFMOMA) MuseumStore is the premier destination for holiday shopping. Drawing on the finest local talent as well as top international designers, the MuseumStore offers a wide array of the best in contemporary jewelry and accessories, housewares, cocktail wares, and children's gifts, in addition to boasting the Bay Area's most comprehensive collection of art and design books. From items priced at less than $10 to limited-edition collectibles, the SFMOMA MuseumStore's selection provides myriad gift possibilities to delight both the giver and the receiver.
Revenue from SFMOMA's MuseumStore supports the museum's renowned exhibitions and educational programs. The MuseumStore has two locations: at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, and at the departure level in the SFO International Terminal. For more information, call the MuseumStore at 415.357.4035 or 888.357.0037. Many items are also available for purchase online at sfmoma.org.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction, through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.
Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.