Art can generally be defined as a skill that not anyone can understand, no matter how much he or she is trying to. Everyone can make a table and start practicing with the right tools, but not all attempts become successful art. Others, however, are the very embodiment of art in design and construction, and they should be applauded for that huge success.
Just like not everyone gets at, the same goes for wine. You can drink wine for all you want but having a deep understanding of what wine does is one of the most complex things in life. It takes years of passion, knowledge and several failed attempts to successfully get the artist feeling of wine. You don’t just become a wise ass in wine just because you are drinking it. When you finally understand the art in wine, then you will always cherish the feeling that wine brings. Not just the taste and the joy, but the deeper connection to what it all means.
Before we go into deep details about wine and art, let’s first get you through what the whole article will be:
What’s Art To Begin With?
How Then Does Art Connect To Wine?
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Inspiration From Our Wine:
What’s Art To Begin With?
You can ask what art is. Art to me combines the power of the five senses. They are unique and complex and you must know how to navigate them to fully understand art. To an observer, he just gets emotionally attached to wine or art, but to the true artist of both, the combination of these two is miraculous and brings a stimulus unlike any we will ever feel before within us.
Have you ever wondered why we are able to be brought to tears by certain melody or that our passion fuels a particular combination of colors to move us into a deep state of passion and care? However, not all stimuli are considered as art. It might interest you to know that only certain combinations done in the right order has the potential to become something bigger than the individual sum. This in definition is what art does.
No human has ever been moved by a single note, yet the combination of those strings produce notes that have being otherworldly and we view them as beyond the creation of just a single person.
Again, not all piece of art is considered as art by the observers. Observers only see the art that their situation and perspective lets them perceive. What one person will view as art will be viewed differently by another. We all see art from different emotional set ups and beautiful backgrounds. If we are not connected to that moment, then the magic of that art will be lost to use forever.
The way we view art is shaped by several things in our lives like; people emotional state, their history, their relationships, their experiences up to that moment in life, all help to shape the perspective from which they view this stimulus.
Additionally, subtlety plays a crucial part in shaping emotions and responses to art. The experienced viewer who has analyzed and studied thousands of paintings may understand the subtle crafting that goes into a particular piece and can “see” its nuances and feel the statement it is trying to make, whether consciously or unconsciously. The naïve will miss these subtleties and thus the art will fail to inflict its full emotional impact.
Underlying all of these types and means of art, there is a common thread. All true art has a soul, an intangible vibration of life and individuality that holds all its components together and gives them presence. If the sounds, the colors, the words and/or the tastes make up the rim of a wheel, then the soul of art is the hub and spokes holding it all together. It is not something that can be described or pointed at. It is not a color or a taste or a sound. It is an ethereal shimmering personality that shines through and one cannot help but notice it lurking in the background. It may take experience to appreciate.
It is not difficult to create physical stimuli that are pleasing and these may be misinterpreted by the uninitiated as true living art. Salt and sweet taste good. A major chord sounds good. A happy ending makes us feel good. Yet simple sensory satisfaction does not true art make. The stimuli must be tempered with a unique personality and life in order to transcend to that elusive realm of art. Behind this soul is always something real and familiar that makes the emotion poignant and genuine.
Whether it is the fond memory of an experience, the familiar pain of love lost, or even the recognition of natural beauty, something in true art touches us and will not let us look away. It is so natural and innate that it is as if it is an eternal truth that will endure for all time. Who has not felt that Mozart’s Requiem Mass must have always existed, that it was not created by a mortal man, that it is a part of this earth and universe that we discovered and have cherished? The religiously inclined may describe it as god speaking through that man. For no mortal man could possibly create such a pure expression of emotion and truth. Such is art.
Yet, art can come from such diverse sources. From the learned and the self-taught, from the rich and the poor, from the happy and the sad, from those who struggle at it and those for whom it is second nature. Art can even be from a natural source as filtered through man’s manipulations.
How Then Does Art Connect To Wine?
So how does all of this apply to wine? Wine, unlike most generally accepted forms of art, is not entirely man-made. It is an expression of the Earth (not soil, but Mother Earth herself). Is it not therefore that much closer to being a true and unadulterated expression of a natural truth? Yes, it certainly is.
However, just as it is infinitely difficult to create from nothing a true work of beauty, so is it a daunting task to let that natural beauty shine through in a wine unadulterated and pure. At so many steps in its evolution there is the risk of meddling with that natural expression and marrying it with artificial and wholly un-artistic (un-soulful) taint. Therein lies the true art of the winemaker, to allow the wine to fully express itself without hiding its true personality and life behind the masks of manipulation.
The great winemaker recognizes that life and uniqueness in his wine and struggles from vine to bottle to preserve and protect that natural beauty. For, to strip a wine of its ability to express itself is a crime.
Just as all sound or color is not art, not all wine is art. Only the perfect combination of grape varietal, site, climate, upbringing and storage allow the true soul of a wine to shine through. How often does this happen? Rarely. It is easy to make a wine that tastes good. Make a wine taste like fruit or butter and you will have people singing its praises. For who is not pleased by fruit or butter? But when one is searching for a wine experience that transcends the rest and that evolves into something more than a simply tasty beverage, we look for something more than these easy wines. Tasting good is no longer the goal.
Not to say that simple, tasty wines don’t have their place, they do. But making a wine that is soulful and shimmering with life is not easy. Nor is it easy to appreciate. We must have tasted a thousand non-artistic wines before we can recognize the thrilling burst of energy and presence that hits your palate when it is presented with a truly artistic wine. It is something deep at the wine’s core, apart from its flavors and structure and balance (yet all great wines will certainly have that, for what defines balance if not nature) that you feel, not taste.
This brings us to the notion of terroir. As most describe it, terroir is the unique profile with which a wine is blessed when it truly expresses those things that influenced the growing of the grapes, the soil type, the exposure, the elevation, the microclimate, the surrounding wildlife, etc. However, I see it slightly differently. To me, terroir is the absolute and ultimate necessity of a great wine.
Only when a wine truly and fully expresses its terroir (be it in Burgundy or California, the Mosel or Australia) do we see a wine with passion, soul and grace. Manipulation can make a wine from Burgundy taste like a Bordeaux. Yet it will be bland, one-dimensional and without depth and interest. When a wine is accurately expressing its place, only then, the natural beauty of that site can shine through and speak to the observer. A Chevalier-Montrachet has nothing to tell you about Hermitage and visa-versa. Would you ask an African bushman to teach you about life in the Australian outback? We cannot force a wine to make a statement it is not prepared to make without obliterating its soul. We would strip it of its spirit, personality and individuality.
Some tasters simplify the idea of terroir by saying that it lends an earth or dirt flavor to wines but I disagree. The terroir of different sites will have profoundly different flavor profiles. Yes, some of these will include earthy aromas and flavors but not necessarily so. The presence of earthiness in a wine does not necessarily imply it has more terroir than another, they are just different. Terroir implies a particular personality and flavor profile unique to a specific vineyard, not any one exact smell or flavor that is universal for all wines.
Some say that this grape varietal or that lends itself to expressing terroir
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1849 wine co. embodies all of that…
This has been a long epistle but for lovers of art and wine, then you should know what the article was emphasizing. American wine history goes way back. The United States wine has been associated with class and quality and no company embodies all that like 1849 wine co. Los Angeles
We have brought art and wine together. We produce premium red wine blend, blending art with wine. You understand what I mean?
Our red wine is only produced in the finest of vineyards worldwide. Our foremost vineyards Sonoma coast, Monterey County Chardonnay and Napa Valley are filled Pinot Noir grape, the best of its kind in wine production.
Art isn’t easy to understand, but upon perfection, the results and the emotions gotten from it is like nothing ever experienced before. So also, our wine production. Pinot noir is very difficult to cultivate and even harder to turn into wine. The grape has a tendency to cluster together tightly and thus makes it susceptible to so many viticulturally hazards such as rot. It therefore requires diligent management of its canopy.
Lack of proper understanding of this grape makes it go through uneven and super aging phases due to the phenolic compounds in it. When young, wines made from Pinot Noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, Pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and “barnyard” aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.
Inspiration From Our Wine:
1849 wine co. has been a source of inspiration to the home of artist Los Angeles for several years. The red wine label can be simply described as inspiration. To fully get in groove with your art, then you need the wine to oil your brain engines. Nobody will understand you at first but 1849 wine will be there, all through the way. The number one fan of this is the graffiti masters saber. His various works of art has been achieved with his favorite companion by his side, 1849n wine.
So, next time you seek inspiration to overcome all challenges and bring out the creativity within you, then you know who your biggest supporter and partner is; 1849 red wine.
Just like the artist is patient with his project, handling pinot noir requires patience. And still similar to the end result of most art, beauty and utter satisfaction, that is what we get from pinot noir after we have brewed it.
The premium brand 1849 wine co. can be considered as the artists in the USA wine industry. They do not look for the easiest way of red wine manufacture, they look for the best way that will ensure consumer satisfaction.
If you are not an artist or a wine lover, you will not understand this. Maybe wine and art are one after all, 1849 wine co. just proved that to us with their amazing and yet quality techniques.