L. Mawby: Inspiration from the Vineyard


L. Mawby: Inspiration from the VineyardIt’s one of those beautiful, warm, glowing September days in Michigan. Me and my notebook are enjoying the patio at L. Mawby Vineyards, home of the famed Michigan sparkling wines.

I’m still savoring my glass of Cremant Classic by L. Mawby, but the whitefish pate and crackers are all gone. Mesmerized by the view of the lush vineyards and hills in the distance, I breath in pure Michigan.

Tilting my head back to enjoy the sun on my face, the words begin to fill my head, I open my eyes to fill my notebook with little poems, inspired by all I see before me and the lovely sparkling wine. Words seemed to flow in this fertile environment.

Recently I had the opportunity to set down with owner and winemaker Larry Mawby… It was no surprise to me when I learned that Larry is also a poet. Winemakers are artist in their own right and I half expect them to have other creative outlets.

As for Larry, he was not at a loss for words in discussing art and wine. We compared our creative process learning that while Larry uses science and I use paint, our journey into creation shares a very similar path. We both see the process as a journey where the mind must remain open, twisting and turning to accommodate a desired result. I felt a kinship in relating to the ups and downs of creating and the inner journey one goes on to end with an external finished product.

I asked Larry if they at L. Mawby make a reserve wine. They do, its made in limited production, about 500 bottles. What do you call it I asked? Larry smiled sheepishly and answered “Sand Painter”  the name is relating to it’s impermanence… It’s here today and gone tomorrow, but while it’s here it is a beautiful creation to behold!

Next time I sit down with Larry I think we should get him a canvas and some paint to see how he visualizes his wines… I think that’s an invitation, what do you think?

In the mean time, I encourage you to pop open a bottle created by the artists at L. Mawby and find out what you see. Better yet, treat yourself to a visit to the vineyard and a glass on the patio… that will really get your creative juices going, Pun intended!

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