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Sharon Doran Callagy

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Wine Series and Labels

Art with a twist---of a corkscrew

The five abstract paintings depict five different kinds of wine. I chose to paint in abstract because wine itself is abstract: open to individual interpretation, has marked differences in color and body and itís hard to define and describe. (You like it or you donít!)

Left to right, top row: Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Champagne
Left to right, bottom row: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine series paintings are available to purchase individually, in pairs or as a complete set.
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The wine series was included in a recent salon gallery show and featured cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, champagne and pinot grigio.

My interest in wines comes from my husband, David, whose obsession with wine began as a member of the International Wine and Food Society. When we attended the Societyís functions I became more knowledgeable. (Just as he is savvy on art because of my years of painting.)

A winemaker, Lessing Silver, from Newport Beach, California saw the series on my website. He liked the paintings and asked for my permission to use the red wine abstracts on his wine labels. Of course, I said yes and that I only wanted credit for the artwork and some bottles of the labeled wine to make my husband happy.

The labels then were placed on three different red wines: a 2009 Merlot from Lambert Bridge Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon also from the Lambert Bridge Vineyard and a 2009 Cabernet Franc from the Santa Rosa Plateau. (Mr. Silver did not have a Pinot Noir in his 2009 vintage so he used that particular abstract on the Franc.)

Later this year or early next year, the Silver Cellars winemaker will produce and bottle his 2010 vintage of Pinot Noir and will use the Pinot Noir abstract on his labels.

Lessing Silver produces and bottles only red wines at his boutique home winery. Silver Cellars had won countless Silver and Gold Medals at the California State Fair, the Los Angeles County Fair and at the Orange County Fair where, most recently, his 2009 Meritage won the Double Gold Medal.

The Merlot label was entered in this year's (2011) Orange County Home Wine Competition (a label competition is held in conjunction with the wine competition). The label was among a select group of entries that were up for top honors. The Merlot label was a winning label and was awarded the Gold Certificate.


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