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January 04, 2015
Pantone: Wine Is the New Black
According to influential international color house Pantone, 2015 is the year of all things wine-in-hue. For this, we can thank the debut of Pantone's 2015 color of the year - Marsala, aka #18-1438 TCX - which has already shown up on everything from the latest Burberry Prorsum collection to Gap cords, a new Sephora mascara and an agreeably burgundy-toned Keurig K400. And while the rush to enrobe goods in the latest Pantone selection isn't anything new - after all, each year's much-hyped color predictably makes the rounds on an array of comely consumer goods - what *is* new is the latest color's fortuitous association with red wine. Never have my twin loves of fashion and wine so neatly conjoined!
Marsala: In Living Color
In spite of some spotty quality issues and a rep dragged down by oceans of basic cooking Marsala, fine Sicilian Marsala certainly has some niceties to recommend it: a rich history steeped in international trade, a global audience and deep, concentrated flavor thanks to a solera-like aging system and fortification in the style of Port or Sherry (British wine maven Jancis Robinson has more on the matter here). And - lest we forget - there is the *color*: earthy red-brown, bold and resonant of cozy things like brown spice, gingerbread, winter sunsets and chestnuts. It's a wine you may not often sip outside of a visit to the island, but when you do - it seems certain the color, together with its concentrated flavors, will leave a lasting impression.
"Bold Neutral" to Replace Black
I *knew* there was more germinating in all of that besides just the omnipresence of plaid and kale, and a preponderance of spendy gastropubs touting minimalist (albeit delicious) everything.
With this positive reception for Pantone's Marsala, could 2015 be shaping up to be the year of wine-colored everything? Oh, how very delightful that would be!