Art and wine are two things that have been part of the human experience for nearly our entire existence and have a lot in common. Both are transformations of raw materials by human hands and minds into something new, often greater than the sum of their parts. Often they are co-opted and commodified by people other than their creators. Both wine and art are often viewed by many as belonging to the realm of snobby elites thanks to their use as status symbols by the wealthy. But in the moment following creation before someone else assigns value, there is a purity and earnestness to these labors of human passion that transcends class and politics and is more often an expression of their creators’ wills or the beauty of the natural world.
New to our portfolio are a few exciting examples both of wine/cider making and visual artistic expression. Art + Science produces truly unique ciders, wines, perrys and co-ferments. The labels are the reproductions of original artwork by Kim Hamblin who co-owns the company. Johan Vineyards is a biodynamic winery in the Van Duzer Corridor. A beautiful estate in any season, they decided to commission painter Yong Hong Zhong to make various vineyard scenes for each wine. Both products not only showcase visual and beverage art but remind us of how created beauty can bring a pure kind of joy into our lives and open our minds to new possibilities.