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Painting of the Week: Pinot Noir Fields (bin616 Pinot Noir)


ImageStephanie is excited to announce the use of her artwork on the new bin616 line of wines, available exclusively at the Amway Hotel Collection, including JW Marriott, Amway Grand Plaza and Courtyard by Marriott hotels! Her colorful pieces — two figurative, in honor of us, the wine drinkers; two centered on the land, a nod to the farmers, the winemakers and the fruit itself — will appear on bottles of bin616 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir Fields: “Rolling hills, wrapped in vines. Generous the earth in its beautiful bounty!”

“A skip of my heart — my soul stirs and a smile spreads through me as I take in the vista before me. The lush green goes on for miles, over gently rolling hills striped with rows of vines, vines laden with grapes that eventually will become wine. Ahhh… wine country. In this case, we’re talking about Pinot Noir, the wine of surprises. Yes, it’s light, and its colors more ripe ruby than its deeper burgundy and amethyst neighbors, but it surprises with its ability to be complex. At times the layers tell more of a story than you might initially expect. The story it tells — that all wine tells — is about the land. It has been said that wine can not tell a lie: Every rainfall, every sunny day, every visit from the winemaker, everything is recorded right there in the bottle. It is this bottling of truth, of history, that captivates me and serves as inspiration for this painting. The land where wine comes from is as complex and beautiful as the wine that comes from it.

“My process in the studio is more about a feeling, a fire in my belly, than any desire to “copy” nature. I feel no duty to be true to reality; my desire instead is to be true to myself and the process of making something “painterly.” That’s to say, not trying to make a piece about anything but the brush, the paint, the painter’s hand and the artist’s communication with the canvas. In this piece, I worked fast — like I talk, like I do most things — letting intuition be my guide as I contemplated the Pinot Noir fields of my fantasies. I would like to be in this place, and I am inviting you to join me here in contemplation of the land, the grape and the wine … Pinot Noir.”

bin616 artwork will appear at the JW Marriott during ArtPrize, Sept. 18-Oct. 6. For more information, click here

Wine Reviews


Know Your Michigan Wines

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Dry Riesling
If wine is sunlight held together by water then Brys Estate Dry Riesling is the perfect example. It’s summer in a bottle. Riesling was a variety that this dry wine lover avoided, that was until I discovered the dry variety that wine makers in Northern Michigan were making, and well, I fell in love with it. Riesling is a grape that all the wine makers On the Michigan Wine Trail have said is made for Michigan, and I encourage you to take their word for it. This wine took a Gold medal at the Great Lakes Wine Competition and winemaker Coenraad Strasen has mastered this Michigan loving grape and captured a season in the bottle that tastes like summer!


Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir
I have to confess this is an absolute favorite of mine. It has smoothness and a depth that set it apart. On the nose fully ripe dark cherries, a hint of licorice, and spice that delivers on the pallet. I find the spiciness to be beautifully balanced with a very smooth creaminess, and the perfect amount of lingering after taste. I drink this one in all seasons but find it my go to red as the days get warmer. Cheers!


Chateau de Leelanau 2010 Pinot Grigio
If there are a few grape varieties Michigan wine makers seem to agree truly shine in Northern Mi. Pinot Grigio shows up on all the lists. Chateau de Leelanau is making a beautiful example of this wine. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Hints of grapefruit, apricot and lime, and dare I say I smelled a touch of strawberry on the nose. A nice after party finishes off this ‘perfect on a sunny spring day’ wine, and the flavors stay with you in the most pleasant way. Cheers!


Longview Winery & Vineyard 2011 Chardonnay… Yes Please!
This is a beautiful, well balanced expression of what a great Chardonnay can be. Lovely honey, pear and apple with a touch of butter, all this while remaining a dry wine. Perfect for many occasions but here it was supreme for an outing on a warm sunny day on the river, no food needed.


Chateau Chantal Winery 2010 Chardonnay Proprietors Reserve
A clear buttery yellow greats the eyes, while creamy apricot notes tease the nose. On the palate, a touch of inviting tartness and a explosion of fruits roll over the tongue with a clean finish that lingers, just as you would want it to. It definitely leaves you wanting more… See for yourself. Cheers!


2 Lads Winery 2009 Sparkling Reserve
This is sparkling wine done right. They say pear, and baked apple on the nose with limestone and peach under tones. We say, yes these smells can be found, but after a few sips you don’t really care, it’s just um, um good! A explosion of yumminess to use my finest wine speak. Dry and full bodied taking you beyond just bubbles into a fine wine. Run don’t walk for this one. And beautiful packaging to boot. 2 thumbs up for 2 Lads Sparkling Reserve— with 2 Lads.


Silverleaf Vineyard & Winery 2011 Pinot Grigio
This one tastes even better than it looks in this photo. It’s light and fresh like a summer day, and fruit forward. My only warning is it goes down very easy, you will have to pace yourself.