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Hyatt and Rob Mondavi, Jr. present $5,000 scholarship awards to winning art students



CHICAGO (APRIL 17, 2013) — Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Folio Fine Wine Partners today announced the winners of the Canvas Artist Series Contest. The contest offered qualifying art students in the U.S. the opportunity to create a signature wine label for Canvas wine bottles. The new wine labels will be available at Hyatt hotels and resorts in the United States starting next month. 



Photo from left to right: John O’Connell, Director of Food & Beverage, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Alexandra Grahame; Christian Gordon; Katelyn Comeau;

Rob Mondavi, Jr., President, Folio Fine Wine Partners; Susan Santiago, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Hyatt




The contest was open for entries from September through November 2012 and allowed qualified art students in the United States to submit an original piece of art depicting the characteristics of one of the three Canvas varietals.  The winners of the 2013 Canvas Artist Series Contest are:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Katelyn Comeau, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
  • Merlot: Christian Gordon, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
  • Chardonnay: Alexandra Grahame, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA 

In addition to having their artwork displayed on the Canvas bottle, each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship from Hyatt to further support their studies. The scholarship prize is consistent with Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, which is designed to support communities as places where Hyatt associates are proud to work, Hyatt guests want to visit and Hyatt neighbors want to live. 

“The Canvas wine label contest marries both Hyatt Hotel & Resorts’ and Folio Fine Wine Partners’ great passion for supporting the arts and community and furthers the story of each varietal through design. Igniting students’ creativity and being able to reward the winners not only with scholarship funds, but also with the opportunity to display their masterpiece on Canvas wines, truly represents the spirit of the Hyatt Thrive program and giving back to the community,” said Susan Santiago, Vice President- The Americas, Food & Beverage, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. 

Canvas was created in 2007 by Folio Fine Wine Partners—a Napa Valley wine company owned by the Michael Mondavi family—for Hyatt hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Michael Mondavi and his son, Rob Mondavi, Jr., president of winegrowing at Folio Fine Wine Partners, worked closely with Hyatt’s food and beverage team to develop food-friendly, approachable California wines that would appeal to the discerning Hyatt customer. Today, Hyatt hotels and resorts offer guests five Canvas handcrafted, artisan varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinto Noir – bringing added variety and excellence to the Hyatt dining experience.


About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTMbrand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of December 31, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 500 properties in 46 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.





About Folio Fine Wine Partners

Folio Fine Wine Partners was founded in 2004 by Michael Mondavi and his wife, Isabel, with their children, Dina and Rob, who oversees winegrowing operations for the company.  Folio is an importer, fine wine agency and producer of quality wines from the world's premiere and emerging wine regions, providing sales, marketing and public relations services to wine brands from California, Argentina, Italy, Austria, Germany and Spain. Wines under the Michael Mondavi Wine Estate include Emblem, Hangtime, Isabel Mondavi, M by Michael Mondavi, Oberon, Spellbound and Tyler Florence. From Italy, are the wines of Arnaldo Caprai, Attems, Bruno Giacosa, Coppo, Danzante, Donnafugata, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Luce della Vite, Quorum, Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia and Villa Sandi. The Spanish portfolio includes Artadi, Capafons-Ossó, Cims de Porrera, Comenge Fillaboa, Leda, Nita, Palacios Remondo and Vall Llach, with Laurenz V (Austria), Prinz von Hessen (Germany) and Masi Tupungato (Argentina) completing the portfolio. More information can be found at: www.foliowine.com. 


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For further information:

Sian Martin
+1 312 780 5797