Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wine and Craft Festival

"Wine Saturday" was spent with a whole lot of different wineries, all of them offering their wares at the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in Front Royal. I have been going to this festival every May for twenty years, minus one or two which had bad weather or were rained out. The wine quality in general continues to improve year after year. In the old days twenty years ago, Virginia red wines were bad. But now, the reds are often delicious, in ways quite different from the French or California ideal. I tasted a lot and afterwards drew this quick sketch of the tasting booth of Mattaponi Winery, which crafts Native grape varieties as well as sweet fruit wines.

Sketch is Pitt black technical pen on sketchbook page, about 9" x 6".

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