Sunday, April 26, 2009
I attended a wine tasting dinner in downtown Los Angeles last night. It was held in the beautiful loft home of the charming Tarryn Soderberg who owns her own art gallery, Tarryn Teresa Gallery.
Tarryn asked me if I had any involvement in the arts. And I said yes, I sell wine.
She looked at me quizzically for a moment and then seemed to understand my meaning.
Wine is art to me and the winemakers are artists. Some bottles are like a cheap velvet Elvis and some are like the Mona Lisa, and the great ones for me are like Frida Kahlo on a sad but defiant day.
Below is the story of another wine professional who celebrates the connection between art and wine.
Brigitte and Philippe Armenier are the former owners of Domaine de Marcoux in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which they converted to Biodynamics in 1989.
They both moved to California in 2001 and have acted as Biodynamics consultants to many U.S. wineries including:
Demeter certified: Beckmen / Bergstrom / Cayuse Vyds / Grgich Hills / Montinore / Sawyer-lindquist / Sycamore Vyds;
Total or partial Biodynamics: L'Aventure / Beacon Hill / Beaux-Freres / Black Family Vyds / Brooks / Cain Vyds / Demetria / DuMol / Ehlers / Freestone Vyds / Grace Family / Halter Ranch Vyds / Hartford Vyds / Hedges Estate / Holloran / Justin / Oakville East / Joseph Phelps Vyds - Insignia / Resonance / SeaSmoke / Solena / Sullivan / Unti / White Cottage Ranch / Wilridge...
Brigitte is also a musician and has recently released her new CD,Analogos, in which she plays Schubert and Brahms. She believes "Biodynamics is music applied to the realm of agriculture".
There is a lengthy interview attached to the CD where Brigitte explains her philosophy on music and biodynamics.
"Biodynamic agriculture emphasizes the importance of the natural environment, meaning not only Earth but also cosmos. Chemical-free, it stresses the conscious observation of and work with the rhythms and evolutionary forces of the living. Through its practices and particularly from its specific preparations made from natural substances, Biodynamic farming revitalizes the soils, enlivens all their processes of fertility and as a result, enables the full expression of their uniqueness in a sort of “melody of the terroir.”
What is your connection between art and wine?
Posted by Amy Atwood at 7:14 PM