Richards Connects Woodbridge Wine in TV, Print

The Richards Group showcases the versatility of Robert Mondavi’s Woodbridge label in its first television ads for the client.

In one 30-second spot, the left side of the screen shows a man walking into a surprise party, where the revelers are drinking Woodbridge. On the right, a man opens the door and is surprised by a seductive woman who has wine waiting for him. Onscreen copy reads, “Welcome” on the left and “Do not disturb” on the right. Separating the two phrases is a picture of a bottle and the word “Bridge.” Voiceover narration: “Many moods, many occasions. One wine always connects. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.”

Another 30-second spot and two 15-second versions will run on national cable stations in a $10 million push breaking Wednesday.

Print work will appear in Cooking Light, InStyle and other consumer publications. The brand campaign also includes radio and interactive ads.

The strategy behind the spots is one of three the Dallas independent agency pitched to win the estimated $10-15 million account in May.

“The strategy originated with the name itself and the idea this wine bridges a lot of occasions, people and different types of situations you might be in,” said Richards creative group head Mike Renfro.

Renfro said his group decided to break from the traditional way of advertising wines “with a lot of clichés.” “We said let’s show the situations in which the wine would be used but not in a way that appears phony or set up,” he said. “I think we managed to inject some humanity into it.”

Renfro said the idea for the TV campaign originated with the print effort. Each ad contrasts two objects ( a strappy after-five wom-an’s shoe and a flip-flop, for example) separated by a Woodbridge bottle and the copy “Bridge.”

Napa, Calif.-based Woodbridge spent $11.6 million last year on media, per CMR, but only $30,000 this year.