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Art on the Vine 10×10: Ten Perfectly Paired Artworks and Wines to Sip On

Well Crafted Beverage has curated a selection of 10 hard-to-find wines (also biodynamic and organic) from small artisanal vineyards across the globe – designed to take the palate on a journey from light to bold. Event Sommelier, Tony Acampora paired each of 10 works of art at Art on the Vine, with 10 amazing pours. Read all about the wine selection and suggested artwork below:

Pinot Noir

Vessel, Ceramic, Blair Meerfeld
Stoneware Jar, Ceramic, Blair Meerfeld

The Wine: Beautiful, expressive bouquet of ripe cherry, black raspberry, crunchy currants, warm spices and chocolate, delicately framed by a touch of new oak. Ruby in color, it has a silky texture with mild tannins and bright acidity. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with a deep core, impressive dimension and a fine-grained, savory finish. This wine deftly combines richness with elegance. Its floral aromas and flavors of red fruits just sing. 

Artwork Suggestion: A most versatile wine, it pairs well with salmon, chicken, game birds, most meats, and mushroom dishes…just like this piece by ceramicist Blair Meerfeld.


Rachel Collins - Yellow Tulip Canyon
Yellow Tulip Canyon, Rachel Collins

The Wine: Beautiful light gold. Refined, expressive nose blending fruity and brioche-like notes. A rich, full, melted style showing seductive balance and persistency. A top-flight Champagne for sophisticated pre-dinner drinks.

Artwork Suggestion: The bubbly, golden of the Champagne matches the effervescence of this floral work by artist Rachel Collins.

Sauvignon Blanc

Untitled Delna Dastur
Untitled, Delna Dastur

The Wine: This Sauvignon Blanc from Napa, California begins with a playful mingling of lemon zest and jasmine, this Sauvignon Blanc enjoys a dance of tropical fruit and lemon citrus and a bouquet of fresh spring flowers on the palate. Enjoy this wine as the warm spring days arrive and slide into warm summer nights on the patio. Stainless steel fermented then rested for 7 months in neutral French Oak.

Artwork Suggestion: The light and easy feeling of this wine is reflected in this movement and energy of this piece by Delna Dastur.

Brut Rose

Gretchen Raber - Loft Lines
Loft Lines, Gretchen Raber

The Wine: Brut Rose is a blend of Pinot Noir and Grenache. The hint of color is obtained from a brief maceration of the musk with the skins. Bright with a gorgeous glow in the glass and a silky mouthfeel. On the palate, it is fruity with notes of blackberries and strawberry cheesecake, but clean, dry and perfectly rounded. The fine bubbles lead to an elegant, crisp finish.

Artwork Suggestion: The unique elegance of this wine matches the conceptual timelessness of this diamond cuff by Gretchen Raber. 


Michael Heilman - Mystery Horse
Mystery Horse, Michael Heilman

The wine: Aromas of white fruit blossoms and light citrus precede flavors of Forelle pear, vanilla and a hint of ginger. Soft and complex floral notes with flavors of pear, guava, and lychee. The toasted honey-oat and buttery finish denote French Oak. Pairs nicely with buttered herb roasted lobster and Caesar salad. A lovely choice with seafood and mildly spiced Asian dishes. It is ready to drink now or enjoy after a few years of proper cellaring.

Artwork Suggestion: …Much like this striking tapestry by Michael Heilman, which can be enjoyed now…and later.

Barbera D’Asti

Joey Manlapaz - Three is a Crowd
Three is a Crowd, Joey Manlapaz

The wine: Hints of cherry and red fruits alternating with spicy and sometimes floral hints. A Barbera of excellent structure and complexity with sweet and velvety tannins.

Artwork Suggestion: The structure, and complexity of this wine is mirrored in this piece by Joey Manlapaz.

Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

Danni Dawson - William & Thom
William & Thom, Danni Dawson

The wine: This Cabernet Sauvignon has beautiful scents of rose petal, cocoa, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, vanilla, clove, anise, and raspberry that float from the dark, inky, body. The tannins are all-encompassing, along with vibrant acidity, work towards perfect balance and finesse. The long finish is marked by a touch of dark chocolate and caramel which provide a perfect balance. This is a Cabernet built for the long haul, best enjoyed after decanting or 5-15 years in the cellar.

Artwork Suggestion: This piece by Danni Dawson, reflects this wine…as well as the recipe for a perfect marriage: balance and built for the long-haul.


Ted Reed - As the Valley Opens
As the Valley Opens, Ted Reed

The Wine: Get ready for an explosion of aromas with this Tempranillo from Spain. Powerful and complex.  Tasting notes of very ripe red and black fruits and spicy background of coffee, toffee and licorice. Broad, fleshy, well structured with good balance between compote ripe fruit and excellent oaks. Finishes sweet with a lot of persistence.

Artwork Suggestion: The persistence and power of this canyon scene by Ted Reed perfectly reflects this powerful and complex Tempranillo.

Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa)

Tania Karpowitz - Landscape Head
Landscape Head, Tania Karpowitz

The Wine: Deep and opaque violet in color, the nose is all dark fruits. In your mouth, there is an incredible journey of eucalyptus, green pepper, cranberry, blackcurrant and cassis plus touches of cinnamon, violet and green pepper. This is a smooth and polished journey, livened by a gentle acidity and spice in the finish that goes on and leaves you wanting more.

Artwork Suggestion: The figure in this work by Tania Karpowitz shows a man who has also been on a journey, as he stares back at the viewer. 


Untitled, Ryan Rakhshan
Untitled, Ryan Rakhshan

The Wine: This Spanish wine is a blend of Garnacha Blanca and Macabeu, expressing the terroir of the Priorat. Full of minerality and velvety richness. A mediterranean white wine—dry, complex with full body, and, at the same time, a very well integrated acidity, making it very refreshing and pleasant. Bright straw yellow in the glass. The wine is fermented in new French oak barrels for 90 days. After, sur lie aging in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. The wine is then filtered and bottled and kept in our cellar for 10 months.

Art Suggestion: This gravity sculpture, by Ryan Rakhshan, reflects the complexity and artistry of this fine wine. 

Ready to taste test these wines for yourself?

Get your tickets to Art on the Vine, Friday, March 22, 7:00–10:00 pm in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Cheers!


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