Joe Wagner, fifth-generation winemaker and owner of Belle Glos, and novelist Nicholas Sparks are encouraging everyone to write a love letter dedicated to the people they cherish most. Launching just in time for the 25th anniversary of Nicholas Sparks’ best known novel, The Notebook (1996), Belle Glos has collaborated with luxury stationer, Dempsey & Carroll, to create limited-edition Belle Glos Love Letters stationery kits.
The limited-edition kit will feature custom Belle Glos stationery, a custom pen, wax in the classic and easily recognizable Belle Glos red, and a custom wax stamper all housed in the classic Dempsey & Carroll navy box. An additional offering is the limited-edition kit along with three Belle Glos wines of one’s choice.
“After going through an unprecedented chapter in our lives, we’ve learned to cherish our connections more than ever before,” says winemaker Joe Wagner. “I created Belle Glos in 2001 as a love letter to the land, Pinot Noir, and my family, in particular my grandmother Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. I hope you’re inspired to do the same – whether about your favorite restaurant halfway across the world, the love of your life, or your most beloved pastime.”
The Belle Glos Love Letters program came to life after a year of not being able to enjoy the things we love the most. According to aggregated data from location analysis company Cuebiq, beginning in early March 2020, people across the United States limited their movements outside of the home as the coronavirus spread, and remained inside throughout the duration of the pandemic. Americans nearly spent an entire year indoors, away from the people, places, and things they love the most. By teaming up with Dempsey & Carroll and Nicholas Sparks, Joe hopes people will take a moment to recognize those they cherish.
Handwritten letters are rare to come by in this digitally focused world. The United States Postal Service reports that we’re sending 4.3 billion fewer letters and cards than we did in 2001, a 61-percent drop from the days when email and text were not the main lines of communication. However, a Gallup poll found that 94-percent of Americans love getting a letter or card in the mail.
“I am a true believer in the power of a handwritten letter,” says Nicholas Sparks. “Many of my novels, from The Notebook to Every Breath, have featured letters as a way for the characters to share their deepest feelings and connections. While our thoughts and memories may fade with time, committing words to paper keeps them pristine. I’m thrilled to partner with Belle Glos and Dempsey & Carroll on this initiative to preserve and promote the art of letter-writing. After all, a letter is yours to keep forever.”
Belle Glos is a love letter from Joe Wagner to his grandmother Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Joe was inspired by his grandmother to create Belle Glos in 2001 with a focus on vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs from California’s best coastal regions. Wagner continues to honor Lorna’s legacy with Belle Glos which includes six Pinot Noirs and the Blanc de Noir Rosé. Since starting his blossoming company, Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, in 2014, Wagner has launched numerous new wines, each with a distinct slant towards his personal style. Representative brands include Belle Glos, Böen, Elouan, and Napa Valley Quilt. Böen.
Belle Glos Love Letters kits are available:
- 10 custom Belle Glos cards & envelopes via DempseyandCarroll.com for $65.00
- Bespoke kits that include custom Belle Glos stationery, a custom pen, wax in the Belle Glos red, and a custom wax stamper via QuiltandCo.com for $90.00
Bespoke kits that include custom Belle Glos stationery, a custom pen, wax in the Belle Glos red, and a custom wax stamper along with three of your favorite Belle Glos wines via Quilt & Co.