Art & The Vine: Paint and Sip
Paint & Sip Event
Some of you who follow this blog may recall that I assist Farmguy with creating and planning client events for his business. We host approximately four to six of these gatherings a year, and we always enjoy coming up with new and (hopefully) fun ideas. The inspiration for our “Paint and Sip” night came from a combination of my interest in art as well as our recent wine course endeavor.
It was such a delightful evening! My lovely art teacher, Janet Wimmer enthusiastically gave direction on the basic concepts of painting, and everyone got busy creating an original work of art. During the course of the event, Farmguy and I lead the group through a discussion of the featured wines—-a white wine from Sicily and a Malmsey Madeira from Portugal as well as tastings.
Here are our notes:
2015 Graci Etna Bianco (Sicily)
Etna Bianco is made primarily from the white grape Carricante and sometimes blended with Catarratto. The grapes are often called “white Nebbiolo” as they were planted amongst Nebbiolo grapes for the birds to eat.
The vineyards sit at an altitude between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level. Planting density ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. Thanks to the unique nature of the volcanic soils, many of the vines are still on original rootstock, ungrafted, having never been affected by the phylloxera (aphid) scourge.
Pale gold in color. This wine has a medium-plus intensity on the nose. Its floral and fruity fragrance is defined by white peach, Golden Delicious apple, orange peel, and lemon zest. It also has a slight buttery and creaminess. On the palate, it demonstrates good balance with a bright and crisp medium-plus acidity, medium-plus body, and flavors of yellow apples, white peaches, lemon zest, and cream. This light and fresh wine also exhibits the signature salinity or salty character of Etna Bianco. This wine pairs well with many different kinds of seafood—-fish (swordfish), scallops, shrimp.