John Pomp Partners with Newton Vineyard on “The Touch”

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By • Feb 22nd, 2010 • Category: Wine and Liquors

Newton Vineyard, the American pioneer of unfiltered wines, announces its second annual “Eco-Chic” collaboration, a project which blends the art of natural winemaking with modern eco-conscious design. For the 2010 design collaboration, contemporary American artist John Pomp, renowned for his exclusive lines of glass objects for Barneys and Neiman Marcus, has partnered with Newton Vineyard. Lauded for his organically shaped and environmentally-friendly glass objects, Pomp has created “The Touch,” a limited edition Newton decanter, inspired by the winery’s Spring Mountain Estate and iconic Unfiltered line of wines.

Each of the 100 mouth-blown pieces will be made from 30% recycled glass and will be numbered and signed by John Pomp. “The Touch” will be available nationally in Spring 2010, to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.

Pomp developed the idea for “the Touch” during a visit to Newton Vineyard. The fluid and natural shape of the decanter “frames the wine’s beauty” according to Pomp and was inspired by Newton’s unique and artistic relationship to nature. Created while the glass is still hot, the organic design bears Pomp’s signature Touch, a dimple connecting the two sides of the decanter, which serves to increase aeration as the wine is poured and provide a natural fit for your hand. The result is a sleek, thin decanter – both aesthetic and functional – that is a perfect choice for any wine enthusiast.

Crafted in Pomp’s Philadelphia studio, the “Touch” begins in his glass ovens, and takes its shape as the artist breathes life into the molten glass, mouth-blowing each decanter. “Coaxing the molten glass into the form of The Touch requires a natural sensibility,” says Pomp, who uses all handmade tools and molds in the process. He likens working with the molten glass to winemaking, noting that “every move affects the final product, and every product bears the signature of my handiwork, much like a winemaker’s hand shows in every bottle.”

Combining John Pomp’s piece of art with Newton Unfiltered wines creates an experience that “is less “high-tech,” and more “high-touch” in its attention to detail,” according to John Pomp. Indeed, both the wine and decanter are made naturally and locally, guided by the caring hands of passionate artisans.
Pomp’s approach to glassblowing closely mirrors Newton’s approach to winemaking, as they both guide nature to realize its full potential. “Newton Vineyard was founded on the belief that winemaking should be an artistic collaboration with nature, long before it was fashionable to do so,” explains winery founder Dr. Su Hua Newton. A great respect for nature is reflected in all aspects of Newton Vineyard, from the estate’s vineyard plantings and winery design to the meticulous winemaking practice. The vineyard blocks are interspersed with forested land to maintain a balance with the natural habitat and the winery itself was built to blend in with natural surroundings. Newton wines are naturally fermented, using indigenous yeast, to preserve the natural fruit characteristics achieved in the vineyards. Today, Newton Vineyard is acclaimed for both its pioneering spirit and for the purity and exceptional quality of its wines as they reflect the region’s terroir.

One hundred Newton “The Touch” decanters will be available in Spring 2010 and will be sold for $500 exclusively via The series is expected to be highly prized by collectors of Pomp’s work, wine aficionados and lovers of all things eco-chic. Pomp’s collaboration with Newton Vineyard follows the first “Eco-Chic” design partnership in 2009, which featured artist Claire Danthois’ limited collection of 5 eco-friendly wine tasting bars produced using 100% reclaimed materials.

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