Monday, November 16, 2015

Woodwork and Wine

You have to drive up a rugged hill to visit Arterra Wines, a new winery that opened only this year. Even though it's new, the wines are excellent, due to the experience and skill of the winemaker, Jason. I remember Jason from my visits to another more established winery nearby, so it was good to see him again and sip his specialty, red varieties. The newly built tasting room and lodge is also a showroom for grape leaf-themed ceramic art by Jason's wife, Sandy. 

I concentrated on sipping Petit Verdot and drawing the traditionally built but very new woodwork in the tasting lodge. The beams are held together by pegs rather than bolts or nails. The tables are surfaced in Sandy's grape-leaf pattern and the ceramic kiln for her work is in a display room right there among the drinkers and the barrels. Outside are many decks to enjoy the sight of just-planted baby vines.

Brown technical pen ink on sketchbook page, 6 1/2" x 8", November 15, 2015. Click for larger view.

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