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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

 Amanti Vino Announces 10th Anniversary Wine Label Design Contest

Artists of All Ages Called to Create Label for "Cuv©e Rufus." Submissions to be Exhibited at Montclair Art Museum

February 23, 2015 Montclair, NJ - The high-profile independent wine, beer & spirits shop Amanti Vino will for the first time release a private label wine later this year to mark its 10th anniversary in business. 

Artists of all ages are invited to design labels for the wine, which will be called "Cuv©e Rufus," in honor of the store's mascot, proprietor Sharon Sevrens' gentle yellow Labrador retriever.

This contest -- and the ensuing release of Amanti Vino's first-ever private label wine -- is just the first stage of many fun anniversary celebrations in 2015.   

"Rufus is the familiar face that's greeted clients since we opened in October 2005," says Sevrens. "So it's only fitting that his likeness and/or name be used for our first-ever private label wine." 

Amanti Vino has partnered with the Montclair Art Museum to present the design competition, which will be judged by a panel of art world professionals. A selection of submissions will be exhibited at the museum in the fall, when Cuv©e Rufus will be released at an exciting release party.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Montclair Art Museum, opening the competition up to students in their renowned Yard School of Art, as well as to the community at large. We cannot wait to see the submissions!" Sevrens adds.€¨ 

Four winners will be chosen, one from each of four categories: ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-18 and 19 & over. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and winners will be announced by April 30, 2015.

A percentage of proceeds from sales of Cuv©e Rufus will be donated to Intensive Therapeutics Inc. and to help support exhibitions & educational programs at the Montclair Art Museum.

Link to NEW Amanti Vino website here

Download Amanti Vino's 10th Anniversary Wine Label Design Contest application form.

About Amanti Vino

Amanti Vino is a sleekly designed wine, beer and specialty spirits shop located in downtown Montclair, NJ specializing in small production wines, beers and spirits from around the world at all price points. It also features a 30-person classroom for private events and wine education classes. Proprietor Sharon Sevrens is a former Wall Street exec-turned-sommelier. Amanti Vino is the only Approved Provider in New Jersey for the prestigious UK-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) classes.