Not too long ago they gave us chef stamps, now the United States Postal Service has launched a new line of grape stamps to honor the millennia-old tradition of consuming wine.
The stamps feature two clusters of Pinot noir grapes growing among leaves. The deep purple grapes were penned in ink and watercolor by John Burgoyne, an artist based in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington designed the stamp.
Pinot noir grapes are believed to be some of the oldest cultivated grapes. Their name derives from the French word for “black” (noir) and a variant of the word “pine” (pinot). In centuries past, pinot noir grapes were grown only in Burgundy, France but are now successfully grown in California, Oregon and New York.
Want to buy the stamps? There is a catch: they were created primarily for business mailers but devout wine lovers can purchase a roll of $10,000 for $500. Get them here.