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Alsace, Frugal French, & Art

It is a wonderful wine drinking weekend her in Madrona.  Those crystal-clear skies have been replaced with our more familiar soft grey.  A good time to hole up with a good book and a glass of wine.  But wait!  You need the wine!  Don’t worry.  Stop by.

Saturday we have a great line up from Alsace vignerons Allimant-Laugner.  These are fantastic food wines that not only go with raclette and fondue, but also many of the festive meals coming up (think Thanksgiving).
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé$24
2016 Sylvaner $17
2017 Riesling $17
2015 Grand Cru Riesling “Praelatenberg” $25
2017 Pinot Noir  $20

Sunday we go to the south of France for two true bargains before import tariffs raise prices.
2016 Chapoutier La Ciboise Luberon Blanc  $13
Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne
A dry southern French white with aromas of white blossom, lemons and exotic fruits. Good balance between the freshness and roundness with great length. 13% alcohol by volume.  Was $15 now $13
2016 Ollivier Hillaire Côtes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes  $15
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Old-vine grapes from just across the river from Châteauneuf with intense fruit mixed with spicy flavors , fine tannins, and a very beautiful aromatic persistence.  Was $18 now $15

Sunday from 3 to 5 is also our Artist Reception for the new show. Reassemble in Reverse Order of Dissasembly by Andrew Krehbiel
Its natural to take things apart and put them back together 15 years later. For this show I dusted off an assortment of work that had yet to make it to the walls. I recently made the frames, salvaged white oak that’s older then the art. Nothings really straight or square, just the nature of things. These prints, photos and ink drawings document a process or a performance. Everything on these walls first started out as sculpture or a building or a shipping pallet. Really these images are just an out dated snap shot in time helping to keep some memories from dying.

Upcoming Special Tasting of the wines of Giovanni Rosso with of ten wines from their Piemonte and Etna estates.  These will be presented by Davide Rosso direct from Italy.  The tasting is from 6 to 8 on Wednesday November 20th at the Cavatappi office space in Sodo. Advance tickets are required for this event for $25 (plus tax) from Madrona Wine.  We’ll have more info on this out soon.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Good Wine and New Art

It looks like a wet weekend here in Madrona.  But here at Madrona Wine we have a lot of things going on to chase the clouds away.

Saturday, we are tasting South African wines from Morgenster. 
2019 Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) Stellenbosch $14
2016 Morgenster Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch $16
2014 Morgenster Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $16 
2010 Morgenster Lourens River Valley Estate Red $21
50% Cabernt Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Sunday we are off to Bordeaux for some excellent examples of the terrior. Join us as we pop over to France for an afternoon of tasting.
2015 Saint Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc  $10
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
Fresh lemon and Mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile to round of the nose. This wine is fresh and dry with bright minerality on the palate. 13% alcohol by volume. Was $20 now $10
2015 Château de Birot Côtes de Bordeaux  $15
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
Located on the beautiful hillsides of Cadillac, overlooking the Garonne River, 22 miles south of the city of Bordeaux, Château de Biro has been producing wine for over 200 years. This sturdy young Bordeaux has dark fruit flavors and spicy tannins. 13% alcohol by volume

Artist Reception
We cap off Sunday afternoon with the artist reception for Suzanne Brooker and her new show “Between Summer and Fall” that is hanging in the shop.  Come see the show and meet the Artist from 3-5pm.

Between Summer and Fall
A collection of oil studies by Suzanne Brooker

Nature is the best teacher. In these paintings I worked to better understand the patterns and chaos of organic forms through oil painting techniques.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Suzanne Brooker Artist Reception

September 15th, 3-5pm

Between Summer and Fall

A collection of oil studies by Suzanne Brooker

Nature is the best teacher. In these paintings I worked to better understand the patterns and chaos of organic forms through oil painting techniques.

September 4th-November 3rd 2019

Opening reception Sunday, September 15th, 3-5pm

Bastille Day Weekend

This Sunday is Bastille Day, which gives us a great excuse to drink French wines all weekend long.  Sunday is also the Artist Reception for our new show by Hillary Moore. Here’s the line up.

Saturday we are drinking Summery Things from France: White, Bubbles, Pink, & Poulsard.  The bubbles pop at 2pm.
2017 HB Pomerol Picpoul $13
2014 D’Orschwihr Cremant d’Alsace Extra Brut Rosé $21

2018 La Croix Belle Rosé $10
2018 Moulin de La Roque, Les Adrets Bandol Rosé $23
2015 Domaine Rolet Arbois Vieilles Vignes Poulsard  $24

Sunday we have a pair of very affordable wines from the Lanquedoc by Pech Céleyran.
.2014 Pech Céleyran Cuvée Ombline Blanc  $9
Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat
A blend that exceeds it parts. The nose is composed of aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, with a hint of almond. In the mouth, it is fresh, fruity, with a beautiful roundness.
2016 Pech Céleyran Cuvée Ombline Rouge  $9
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec
Balanced and delicious, this blend has inviting notes of red berry, fresh herbs, plum, blackberry and a hint of leather. Cuvée Ombline is sustainably-grown, hand-picked and an excellent value.

Artist Reception Sunday 3 to 5pm
Dreamy Landscapes, Whimsical Patterns
by Hillary Moore 

Hillary Moore is an illustrator whose artwork is inspired by the whimsical, magical qualities of the natural world. Working in watercolor, gouache and graphite, she loves exploring patterns from nature and bringing dreamy landscapes to life. As a life-long lover of children’s literature, she is especially interested in illustrating images that capture the wonder of a child’s perspective.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Hillary Moore Artist Reception

July 14th, 3-5PM


Dreamy Landscapes,
Whimsical Patterns

Hillary Moore

Hillary Moore is an illustrator whose artwork is inspired by the whimsical, magical qualities of the natural world. Working in watercolor, gouache and graphite, she loves exploring patterns from nature and bringing dreamy landscapes to life. As a life-long lover of children’s literature, she is especially interested in illustrating images that capture the wonder of a child’s perspective.

This series of paintings and drawings came about when Hillary embarked on the #100dayproject, beginning in April, and pledged to spend time exploring her illustration obsessions every day for 100 days. These obsessions include moths, night time, mushrooms, leaf-patterns and playing with scale.

Visit her website, www.hillarymoore.com, to see more of her work.

Artist Reception For Jacob LaBarre

Sunday, May 12th, 3-5PM

Field Studies – 2008-2019

Jacob LaBarre

15-30 min watercolor sketches are an immensely satisfying way to pass the time and get to know a building, place, or test ideas. I enjoy the imperfect translation these paints make between objects, light, my eyes, my brain, my hands, the paints, the brush and the paper. Inspired by the drawings of friends and teachers Fred Birchman, Judith Swain, Bob Hull and Frank Harmon, I have learned to treasure the creation of these artifacts, and I believe much can be gained by just doing the work. Thanks for looking at them and I hope to make more.

Italy & Art

This weekend at Madrona Wine we are exploring Italian terroir.  Terroir is how a particular region’s climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wine. we’ll be tasting through a full line up both Saturday & Sunday.  Sunday is also the Artist Reception for our new show. Scroll down for more info or just come on by for a look.

Saturday:
Tenuta Col Sandago Extra  Dry Prosecco  $18
2015 Colpaola, Verdicchio di Matelica $17
2014 Filodivino,  Lacrima di Moro d’Alba Diana $12

2016 Tiziano Mazzoni,  Colline Novaresi  Nebbiolo del Monteregio $25
2013 Giovanna Madonia, Ombroso Sangiovese di Romagna DOC Riserva $32

Sunday we have a pair from Piedmont.
2017 Ca’ Gialla Roero Arneis  $11
Hints of white and citrus fruit notes of savory and freshness. Organic.
2016 Riva Leone Barbera  $12
Fresh, with mature plum scents this easy drinking Barbera is great with dinner or by itself.

Sunday 3pm to 5pm is the Artist’s Reception for our new duo show by Amy Hanada Nikaitani and Michelle Kumata.

Michelle Kumata’s Nihonmachi series is based on pre-WWII photos of the Japanese American community, when Seattle’s Japantown was a bustling, vibrant neighborhood. The imagers were inspired by found photos and the Takano Studio Collection at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Amy Hanada Nikaitani was born in 1923 on Halloween Day in Seattle, Washington in a hotel near 6th and Weller which her father operated. Imagine, now she is living in Washington Terrace on 6th and Yesler!!! Born to immigrants from Japan, Kuramatsu and Matsu Takami Hanada.

She had been interested in the female figure all her life, playing with paper dolls as a child, drawing fashion figures and bathing beauties on her notebooks and also on her stationary as she corresponded with many GI friends during WWII.

After high school she hoped to attend art school. Her father, concerned for her financial security, sent her to the Charette School of Costume Design in Seattle, instead. She had only started her studies, when World War II and the internment orders interrupted her plans.

Her entire family moved to Wyoming to avoid the internment. From there, she married and became a mother of four. She put her artistic aspirations on hold, but in the back of her mind thought she would return to art someday.

While raising her children she attended Edison Technical School and studied at the Burnley School of Art.

After having a fifth child she went to work at Boeing in a Graphics Group for 18 years. During this time she continued her interest in the female figure, becoming a fixture in local figure drawing groups.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Julian Birchman Artist Reception

Sunday, January 13th, 3-5PM


PORTRAITS

Julian Birchman

January 6 – March 3

opening reception – Sunday, January 13 – 3 to 5pm

Whenever I sit down to doodle, I always draw a man. I draw a variation of several different dudes that I have in my visual library. I don’t do this consciously, it’s just what comes out. As a result whenever I need to draw a female character or a non-masculine appearing person, I feel stumped. So I took this opportunity to draw 20 women as an exercise to break up a bad habit.

-Julian Birchman

Damp & Cloudy

It’s a cool grey weekend here in Madrona, but “damp and cloudy” is not the description of our weekend tastings. We have a full line or bright and clear wines to try that will chase the grey away.  We are also having the artist reception for our new show by David Kane.

Saturday, we are celebrating the upcoming harvest with a tasting of five Natural, Organic and Biodynamic wines. 
2014 Finca Viladellops Ancestral Pet Nat $28
100% Xarel-lo Vermil – 
2017 Dolina , Guerila $19
100% Pinela
2016 Domaine Victor Sornin Beaujolais Villages – $17
100% Gamay
2015 Château les Croisille, Croizillon  Cahors $14
Malbec
2014 Turner Pageot Le Rouge $20
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah

Sunday we are pouring two affordable wines from Italy.  We’ll start off with some late summer bubbles followed by a medium-bodied Nero d’Avola from Sicily.
La Biòca Ricciante  $10
Freisa 85%, Barbera 15%
This extra dry Vino Spumante pairs well fish-based main dishes, meat or mushroom-based appetizers. Fresh, crispy, red berries, bell pepper, strawberry, lime, medium-body, high acidity, bone dry.   Was $15, Now $10
2012 Curatolo Arini Coralto  $11
Nero d’Avola
Violets and red cherries, plums and hints of white pepper. On the palate this wine is medium-bodied with beautifully intense red fruit characters matched by delicate notes of spices and soft tannins.

Also Sunday from 3pm to 5pm artist David C. Kane will be at the shop introducing our new show Enigmas for Madrona.  Stop on in, meet the artist and see the new show.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Enigmas For Madrona

Artwork by David C. Kane



Enigmas for Madrona

Works Excerpted from the Famous 37 Little Enigmas

By David C. Kane

September 2 thru November 4

Opening reception: September 9, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Madrona Wine Merchants

1127 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

For years, David C. Kane was an eccentric yet beloved fixture of the Seattle art scene.

Year after year he produced work praised by cognoscenti for its eerie charm, sardonic humor, and strange iconography. Since decamping for the Skagit Valley four years ago, his work has been seldom seen in Seattle, so getting to see a recent body of work is a real treat.

Let’s hope you cherry nosed wine bibbers appreciate what you’re looking at.

Take one home and watch it come alive after the second or third bottle of claret.

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