2019 Beaujolais Nouveau Label Contest Winners
Grand Prize Winner:
Laura Runge, Dallas Texas
The yearly competition to find the best original art for the U.S. label of Georges Duboeuf’s world-famous Beaujolais Nouveau has ended with the highest levels of social media engagement to date, and an impressive number of submissions by talented artists from around the country. Over 600 pieces were entered, with native Texan Laura Runge’s Joyous Crush taking the top prize. Included is a cash grant and the honor of having her work debut on the label of over one million bottles of Duboeuf’s 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau and Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé when the wines are released on the third Thursday of November (November 21, 2019).
When asked how she felt about winning the contest, Laura replied, “I am absolutely ecstatic! I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity, because it will afford my work a level of exposure I might not get otherwise. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime honor and truly a dream come true!”
Her painting is a vivid interpretation of the celebratrory feeling that Beaujolais Nouveau embodies. She chose to use colors with fruit names such as grape, tangerine, peach and cranberry, to demonstrate her interpretation of the harvest in France—with deep pinkish-red and purple tones to mimic the colors of the wine, and greens and blues to reflect the earth and sky. “I wanted to create a festive piece that would have the look and feel of celebration,” commented Laura.
We congratulate Laura and thank all of the amazing artists that participated in this year’s Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Label Contest. We also thank everyone that voted and supported all of the talent that submitted their work!
Kathleen Rietz, Chicago Illinois
A huge congratulations also goes to our First Runner-Up Kathleen Rietz who is an artist that resides in the Chicagoland area whose art is collected both national and internationally. As a professional artist for the last 30 years she also lends her talents to teaching children and young adults at the historic Wheaton College. She describes her work as fine art and specializes in impressionistic floral and intuitive abstract paintings.
Congratulations to you as well Kathleen!