A New Way to Experience Art

As art lovers, we get super excited when we have the opportunity to curate an experience around it.  When pairing wine with art, our intent is to heighten your senses and facilitate a deeper connection with both the art and wine.  To us, it's important to learn about the artist's story.  What was the artist's state of mind during the creative process?  What was the inspiration?  When were these pieces created and why then?  We collaborate with the artist to analyze the artwork and develop themes to help with the wine selection.  The world of wine is vast, so narrowing it down to a selection that helps to create an immersive, dynamic experience is our goal.  

We recently curated a wine pairing experience with the artist, Kasra Namvari, and his exhibit, Blackout Dreams.  In speaking with Kasra, we identified three key themes which served as inspiration for the pairings.  

VIBRANT. FLORAL. PLAYFUL.
The most recently created pieces express a happier period in the artist's life when he decided to join his girlfriend in New York City.  There is a sense of wonderment, whimsy, and playfulness with heavy use of flowers as well as bright colors.  We paired these pieces with the Los Pilares Muscat LaDona 2013.  It is a pet-nat made with the highly floral muscat grape from an unexpected place, San Diego.  The wine is fun, bright, and whimsical.  It was made as an experiment and turned out to be a stunner.  In some ways, it was a leap of faith similar to Kasra's decision to move to NYC to be with his girlfriend and start a new adventure.

ART: Momentary Lapse of Reason, Silenced, The Night at the Cabaret WINE: Los Pilares Muscat LaDona 2013

ART: Momentary Lapse of Reason, Silenced, The Night at the Cabaret
WINE: Los Pilares Muscat LaDona 2013

DARKNESS
Another theme we derived from his art is darkness, exhibiting feelings of being challenged, unstable, and full of angst.  This was a period when Kasra and his girlfriend were physically and emotionally separated.  The darkness depicted in the art led us to choose a wine that is particularly tannic - almost a bit harsh upfront with an intense, brooding sensibility.  The wine needed to show a lot of depth to match the layered emotions that the artist exudes through these pieces.  We selected the Perliss Estate "The Raven" 2011, a premium, age-worthy Napa Valley wine made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  In Greek mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo, the god of prophecy.  They are said to be a symbol of good luck, and were god's messengers in the mortal world.  In all of these dark pieces, there is a distinct glow that is visibly distracting.  Perhaps an omen of better times to come. 

ART: Dreaming of Dietrich, Grace WINE: Perliss Estate "The Raven" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

ART: Dreaming of Dietrich, Grace
WINE: Perliss Estate "The Raven" Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A FADING MEMORY. A STRONG SENSE OF PLACE.
The subject matter in these pieces is the forest in northern Iran where Kasra used to visit as a child.  The series shows his fading memory of this forest, a place he remembers fondly, yet not so vividly.  With a distant memory, new evolved impressions may alter reality and lead you to form a new version of the experience.  When selecting the wine pairing, we focused on the structure of the wine - one that really allows for the wine to evolve and result in a lingering, almost transformative finish.  There is a sense of familiarity of fruit flavor when you first taste this wine, but then it takes on many different layers of impressions that are more savory, earthy, and wild...almost transporting you to the wilderness.  The vineyard site is a unique location where the vines are own-rooted in 40 ft deep banks of beach sand alongside the Sacramento River Delta.  This distinctive terroir and ancient vines contribute to the wine's capacity to transform and evolve as you taste.  The label's look and feel added a nice complementary visual aid to the pairing as well.

ART: The Fading Forest, The Fading Tree, Shomal WINE: Bedrock Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2014

ART: The Fading Forest, The Fading Tree, Shomal
WINE: Bedrock Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2014

Art + wine have a way of transporting you to a different state of mind and feeling, offering new perspectives on experiences and your memories of them.  This project allowed guests to experience art in a completely unexpected manner and think of wine in a new light. We thrive on creating one of a kind experiences that bring intrigue and delight.  Contact us to learn how we can enhance your event with creative programming. 

Trending Now: Summer Sippers

Some wines simply taste better in certain seasons. In warmer weather, we bet on bubbles, crisp whites, refreshing rosé and maybe even a light red wine with a slight chill on it to keep you cool. Here are a few wines we've tasted recently that will keep you and your guests sipping in style at your next summer event. 

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2015 Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli 

Txakoli has long been considered "Summer Water" to us. These wines are from the Basque Country in Spain and as you can see the vines are grown right on the ocean! Because of the weather the vineyards are planted to grow taller than the average person, to encourage air flow. The resulting wine is light, fizzy and refreshing. This Txakoli is one of the region's staples. It has bright acidity and notes of lemon-lime zip. 

 

DOMAINE DE LA PATIENCE FROM THE TANK ROSÉ 

What's better than a bottle of rosé on a hot day? 4 bottles. This delicious quaffer is "from the tank" of Domaine de la Patience in the South of France. This winery is super eco-friendly, hence the box. But the box offers other benefits; it can fit 3 litres of wine, which makes it perfect for events! The Tank Rosé is light bodied, dry and elegant. So don't let the cardboard scare you; this is a high quality wine.

2015 La Clarine Farm Jambalaia Rouge

This wine is the perfect summer red. Fondly named "Jambalaia" to represent a zesty blend of Mourvèdre, Marsanne, Grenache and Syrah grapes. This light, almost rosé-like red is from the burgeoning California region, The Sierra Foothills. With notes of brambly berries, mushrooms and spice, the Jambalaia Rouge is perfect with a slight chill and is a great match for grilled foods of all kind! 

 

WINE FOR EVENTS

They say time is money and the fewer decisions to make, the less stress you'll have in your life.  So, allow us to help you simplify your life and bring you delight with a wonderful selection of wine curated just for you.  

The best wines for the occasion delivered when you need it. You deserve it and so do your guests!  To start enjoying, visit Wine for Events or contact us at wine@domainesomm.com.

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Big Day Special With Wine

When we think of wine, we often think of special occasions, celebrations, love, community and family. So, it's no question why wine plays an integral role at weddings. However, with all the stress that comes with planning the most important day of your life, some details can get overlooked. Every part of a wedding should have a special meaning or significance, so we hate seeing wine as an afterthought! Wine can be so much more than just a means for Aunt Milly to let loose on the dance floor; each wine has a unique story and flavor that can complement not just the food, but each element of the entire event. 

Below are a few ways a thoughtfully curated selection of wine can bring more delight and meaning to a wedding, or really any special event. 

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1. Spotlight Travel

Select wines from regions or countries you have traveled to or plan to visit. This is a great way to share some fun travel stories through wine and highlight an area that is special to you. 

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2. Reveal Vintages

A great way to celebrate a union is to serve wines from years that represent milestones in a relationship. Consider the year you met, your birth years, or to make it a family affair, the years of your parents' wedding day as well. 

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3. Showcase Unique Pairings

Serving wines that pair well with a wide array of foods is key at a wedding.  Off the beaten path varieties or regions are usually great bets for versatility and value. Consider adding signage to your food and bar displays to encourage your guests to try suggested pairings. After all, wine and food are meant to be together!

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4. Go Boutique

We all know how quickly expenses for events (especially weddings) can add up. Thankfully there are plenty of artisan-crafted wines that won't break the bank so you don't have to choose between quality and price. Don't settle for mass produced juice that everyone can get at their local big box store. A well curated selection of boutique wines is an easy way to elevate your big day. Ultimately, you don't want your guests to say that the wine was bad!

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5. Avoid Bad Hangovers

We have all had that moment looking back on weddings and thought, "oh man, I had a bit too much to drink that night..." If you're going to imbibe a little, an easy way to help avoid a bad hangover is to make sure your wine is high quality and not doused with additives. Usually the mass produced kind will contribute greatly to your day-after-woes, so go boutique as they usually follow sustainable, natural practices. The more natural, the better all around.


WINE FOR EVENTS

We curate artisan-crafted wines made in a sustainable fashion from all over the world for events, gifts, and cellars. Interested in learning more about how we can take the load off and elevate your big day? Contact us at wine@domainesomm.com

 

"Green" Wines for Earth Day

At Domaine Somm, we actively support wineries who use sustainable practices. The wines we recommend are hand-crafted, use grapes that are not treated with commercial pesticides, and are food-friendly. They're good for the earth and even better for our bodies. With Earth Day coming up there are many ways you can give more attention to protecting the environment; perhaps by planting a tree, starting a home composting bin, or helping to clean up a local park. An easy way to support the earth through your lifestyle on an on-going basis is to select wines that are made sustainably. We thought to share with you some great earth-friendly wines that we have tasted recently, so you can go green with wine too! 

NV PARÉS BALTA BRUT CAVA

Parés Balta is a family owned winery from Penedès in Spain. The two brothers manage the operations of the winery while their wives make the wines. This all female team of winemakers use organic and biodynamic practices in crafting their wines. This sparkling wine is not only a great value, but also makes a great pairing with spring vegetables as it shows notes of lime zest, white flowers, and bright acidity. 

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2015 Illahe Estate Pinot Gris

Illahe is a LIVE-certified, Salmon Safe vineyard located in Willamette Valley, Oregon. They don't irrigate, use solar panels and have special horses, (Doc and Bea) that mow the vineyards and bring grapes to the winery at harvest. This white wine is made from 100% Pinot Gris grapes and offers lovely minerality and notes of peaches, melon, and green strawberries. Pair this with some grilled veggies from a local farm! 

2013 Frey Biodynamic PetitE Sirah

We couldn't talk about organic wines in the U.S. without mentioning Frey. The Frey wines are as natural as it gets! The Mendocino based winery is biodynamic, organic, vegan and doesn't add sulfites to their wines. Biodynamic farming practices are based on the concept that everything is interconnected and use the four elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water to guide the vines. This Petite Sirah is a juicy, rich red with notes of blackberries and rosemary. Pair this with mediterranean fare such as grilled lamb kebabs.

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Bee D'Vine Honey Wine Demi-sec

This "Honey Wine" is technically called mead, which is an ancient alcoholic beverage made from honey, yeast and water. It is the oldest adult beverage on earth! This is also the most sustainable adult beverage; as there are no vines, there is no irrigation. Ethiopian conservationist, Ayele Solomon, started making honey wine as a way to help protect the rainforests in Ethiopia by making the trees more valuable to the locals so they would stop cutting them down. Inspired by his country's national beverage, t'ej (honey wine), Ayele realized that these flowering trees were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey. He is making an impact in California with his Sonoma based production and with every purchase, proceeds go toward California beekeepers who protect and save endangered bees. We recommend trying this over some strawberries and whipped cream or with brie and honey! 


WINE FOR EVENTS

Interested in trying these wines or learning more about other sustainable wines? We curate custom selections based on your needs and deliver them to your location. Start enjoying by contacting wine@domainesomm.com