Sunday, April 30, 2006

Say, would this painting go well with a pinot?

This painting (with painting by Ann Martin Garland on right) was in fact finished in time for last night's 'Pairings' event at Arches Gallery. (see Arches link at right for more info). Gillian Handelman, a wine educator & writer 'MC'd' the event, in a fun & refreshing way, leading visitors through a tasting of delicious wines, paired with artwork, in the manner of popular food & wine pairings. It seemed like everyone had a great time, & I wouldn't be surprised if this became an annual event-- stay tuned!

The wine partner for 'blossom rain' was in fact a Davenport Russian River Pinot Noir, described as follows:
bright red fruit (pomegranate, raspberry & sweet cranberry) aromas & flavors flow out of the glass while shades of rose petal & fresh earth create a vibrant backdrop. this wine is all about purity of fruit, framed by a supple mouthfeel & fine-boned structure. Well-bred, & true to the fruit from whence it came.

...and this painting paired well with a Johannisberg Riesling:
the aromas & flavors of this wine lean toward apricot, slate & lime peel. deceptively simple at first, this wine pulls off a dizzying balancing act between its various elements, tugging your palate in one direction and ending in an entirely different one. a sneakily interesting wine-- the kind you come back to after you've tried all the others.

Thanks Michael & Mylette & Gillian for hosting this very fun evening!

(that's me with Michael Coy)


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