Join Mark as he discusses the synergistic interplay between art and wine and examples of how each celebrates the other. Braving the Chelsea gallery district’s “high HQ,” he takes you inside a recent opening for the artist Walton Ford, where one of the artist’s brilliant new watercolors features a wine-related scene.
Bedell Musée North Fork of Long Island 2005 (New York, $80)
Casanova Della Spinetta Vermentino Toscana 2011 (Italy, $22)
Chuck Close, daguerreotype of grapes for Bedell Cellars Musée
Albrecht Dürer, Rhinoceros (woodcut), 1515
Walton Ford, Javan Rhinoceros – Rhinoceros sondaicus (watercolor), 1998
Walton Ford, “Bosse-de-Nage 1898 – HA HA!” (watercolor), 2014
Walton Ford, Rhyndacus (watercolor), 2014
Walton Ford, The Tigress (watercolor), 2014
Building a Monument to Art and Wine in Your Place – 10 Steps:
Get an inside look at how Mark built his one-of-a-kind, Wall Street Journal-featured Wine Wall, a custom, glowing 10’x10′ installation holding 150+ wine bottles in front of light box of a 1911 painting of Gustav Klimt. Dreamed up by Mark as a way to fuse art and wine, it features geometric metalwork custom built in North Carolina and a large, ebonized frame with secret compartments that store wine glasses.
Attending the 100th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Mark celebrates the smashing success of Stanford Football with a wine that befits the program’s nickname “Nerd Nation”. Mark explains that the wine equivalent of Nerd Nation is from the Jura, a remote region in eastern France that makes wine with unusual grapes and traditions. The grape Poulsard will comprise red wine that is often quite light, crisp, and floral, with a pleasing earthiness that tastes different than any other wine.
Featured Jura wine:
Jacques Puffeney Poulsard Arbois 2011
Other standouts from the Jura:
André & Mireille Tissot Extra Brut Crémant du Jura NV (sparkling wine)
Domaine Badoz Savagnin Côtes du Jura (white)
André & Mireille Tissot Côtes du Jura Chardonnay, Les Argiles du Lias (white)
Domaine Courbet Château-Chalon (white – vin jaune)
Domaine de la Tournelle Trousseau Arbois des Corvées (red)
Frédéric Lornet Ploussard Arbois (red)
Led Zeppelin, “Immigrant Song”
Thomas Dolby, “She Blinded Me with Science”
Football footage, Stanford University Athletics and Mark Oldman