500 Years of Wine in Art:

The Sterling Vineyards Print Portfolio

Sterling Vineyards is placing major portions of its extensive collection of fine prints on display at its vineyard location in Napa Valley. Fittingly, each one of these prints is inspired by some aspect of wine.

The exhibition, composed of 100 examples of etchings, engravings and woodcuts, includes works by Van Leyden, Picasso, Daumier, Altdorfer, Erni, Maillol, Chagall, Diderot and Currier & Ives. The breadth of the printer's craft, and a cultural appreciation of wine through five centuries of art, are expressed in the show. As well as underlying themes of grape harvest, wine production and scenes of celebration the exhibition includes sub-categories of botanical prints, mythological and religious themes, harvest themes, social satires and cartoons and early advertising.

“As a body of work devoted to the subject of wine, this collection is truly unique,” says Vivendi Universal curator Carla Caccamise Ash , who recently collaborated with Napa Valley Museum curator Randolph Murphy on displaying the works. "The diversity of the collection is particularly striking. One minute you are looking at a 17th century etching of a Bacchanalian scene and the next you can see an interpretation of the same subject by Picasso. There are 19th century illustrations of California vineyards and 20th century woodcuts illustrating Aesop’s fable of the Fox and the Grapes. Although some of the print pieces have been displayed in public before, this is the first comprehensive exhibition of the Sterling Print Collection that has been mounted.”

The Sterling Vineyards Portfolio of Wine Art and History was collected over a thirty-five year period and displayed in the Wine Museum of San Francisco. In the 1980’s and early 90’s much of the artifact collection was exhibited at The Seagram Museum in Canada. Prior to the completion of “Project Shine”, an $8 million major renovation program at Sterling Vineyards, the collection was exhibited at the Napa Valley Museum. Major portion of the collection will now be on permanent display at the winery and open to the public. Images of the Sterling Print Collection, are available on CD by arrangement with Balzac Communications 707.255.7667.

Sterling Vineyards website is www.sterlingvineyards.com

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Doc's New Orleans Restaurant Recommendations

Legendary Wine Cellars

Why We Dine - John Mariani's inspiring essay


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