The Director, Brand Management and Direct Sales at Mumm Napa, requested a custom carved commemorative memory box to be used in the ceremony which celebrates the grape harvest at Mumm Napa each year. The box was to be used to house memorabilia associated with the harvest.
The theme of the box was to center around Guy Devaux, a master winemaker, who was so important to – and took such pride – in the founding of the winery.
On perimeter frame of the top of the box the words Family, Pride, and Tradition are carved. These were the characteristics that Mr. Devaux felt were paramount to the production of an excellent wine. The font used in the carving of those words was chosen because of its' vine-like quality that seemed most appropriate for a theme focused on the grape and its ultimate purpose of being transformed into a superlative wine.
The central panel of the box lid contains a quote from Mr. Devaux which clearly states his personal pride in having established Mumm Napa as a premier winery. Separated from the quote by a calligraphic flourish is carved the salutation Mr. Devaux would most certainly have used – "A votre Sante", French for "To your health".
Mumm Napa (in the font used on the Mumm Napa labels) was carved on the front panel of the box. Below it, surrounded by flourishing is carved the celebration it commemorates – "Annual Grape Harvest" – in a script chosen for its' elegance.
The side panels each have two grape vines carved on them. One side is used to commemorate "Devaux Ranch", a wine named for Mr. Devaux. The other side panel commemorates "D V X" the premier wine of Mumm Napa, also named for Mr. Devaux.