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A collection of articles and illustrations exploring the connection between wine and art, literature, film and philosophy

Designing a Book Cover in 3 Acts. Act 3: Letting Go

I’ve had the great pleasure of designing the cover art for Brian Metters’ new book: “It’s Not About The Wine! A 50 years memoir of wine WITH history, philosophy, art, travel and people” I met Brian, otherwise referred to as “Dr. B” through our blogs 2 years ago. Since then our friendship has grown not … More

Designing a Book Cover in 3 Acts. Act 2: Drafting

I’ve had the great pleasure of designing the cover art for Brian Metters’ new book: “It’s Not About The Wine! A 50 years memoir of wine WITH history, philosophy, art, travel and people” I met Brian, otherwise referred to as “Dr. B” through our blogs 2 years ago. Since then our friendship has grown not … More

Designing a Book Cover in 3 Acts. Act 1: Brainstorming

I’ve had the great pleasure of designing the cover art for Brian Metters’ new book: “It’s Not About The Wine! A 50 years memoir of wine WITH history, philosophy, art, travel and people” I met Brian, otherwise referred to as “Dr. B” through our blogs 2 years ago. Since then our friendship has grown not … More

Painting Pleasure, Drinking Design

Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party (Le Déjeuner des Canotiers) affords one the rare pleasure of looking in on the cheerful charm of a group of Parisians enjoying a moment of leisure along the Seine river in the late 1800’s. Such moments of pleasure and conviviality are often accompanied by wine, as is this case … More

Assembly Required Part 2: Cubism, Mrs. Dalloway and Writing About Wine

What cubist painters did in transforming the way we look at things and think about paintings, Virginia Woolf did for the way we read things and think about literature, both offering a new perspective on our perceptive potential and our very ability to express  what we perceive. This was achieved by focusing on the crucial … More

Assembly Required Part 1: Cubism, Mrs. Dalloway and writing about wine

The great advantage of a painting is that its expression is contained within the frame of a simultaneous whole. When the viewer lays eyes on a painting, they are met with the entire composition of a moment both captured and interpreted by the artist. Thus, with all visual elements presented at once, it falls on … More

Caravaggio interprets Bacchus

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography” -Federico Fellini Caravaggio, whose real name is believed to be Michelangelo Merisi, whose private life was full of promiscuity and scandal, who spent his later life fleeing a death sentence for murder, and who was to become one of the most celebrated Italian painters of … More