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Comic Books and Thoroughbreds - Grape Collective Features Iconic


Outside the Bay Area, few wine enthusiasts realize that California's wine scene is incredibly welcoming. This is understandable; we see our favorite winemakers on the covers of magazines and struggle to contain our excitement when new wines hit the market. So expecting to meet any big name in the flesh seems as fantastical as expecting to meet Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie on a trip to Hollywood...

So O'Halloran partnered with a buddy from college, drained his savings account, and launched Iconic Wine. When it came time to figure out a wine label, O'Halloran decided to combine his two passions by hiring an artist to adorn his wine with a superhero fit for a comic book. 





Bottling 2012 Vintage!

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Drinking near heavy machinery

350 Cases of Heroine 2012 Coming soon!



Birk Interviewed by The Juice

Learn about how Iconic Wine got started and Birk's new upcoming book Eat Ink to be released this fall!



Chefs With Tattoos, An Interview with Birk O'Halloran

Category: Food

What made you decide to become a sommelier?

I grew up in Ft. Collins, CO with kids from New Belgium Brewing and drank a lot of craft beer, but it wasn’t until I was in school for hotel administration at Cornell that I started taking a serious interest in wine and its role in the hospitality industry.  I was in my 20s and thinking of going to Costa Rica to work at a hostel. I was also taking a wine class and through that met Greg Harrington – at the time, the youngest person to ever receive the designation of Master Sommelier. He had just started Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla WA and had talked about his struggle after graduating and not knowing what he wanted to do exactly, but decided to keep exploring his interest in wine. Greg was in his early 30s starting a winery and I thought I want a career I can brag about. He was one of the main people who made me realize I could use my passion for wine as a career. So after graduating, I moved back to Colorado to pursue a sommelier certification from the International Wine Guild and get my foot in the door at a wine shop.


Iconic Mentioned in Wine & Spirits


We Sell out at our DC release party! Hogshead and Mouton Noir Share some love.

 June 30th thanks to our generous host David White of who opened up his home, we launched Iconic in the Washington DC market.  June 30th Karl and I cooked for 40+ wine lovers, Somms and other industry people.  We thank everyone who came out and the boys at Hogshead had so much fun they had to tell everyone about.  Here are a few photos from their site and see the whole article here!

I really enjoyed myself and would love to see more release parties like this.  I prefer to taste and drink wine with friends which is essentially what this event was for me.
Our dear friend Andre Mack of Mouton Noir came to party with us and took some great photos! CHECK THEM OUT HERE!
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