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Sentient in San Francisco – 27 July 2019

This Date in Art History: Born 27 July 1939 – William Eggleston, an American photographer who, in the words of one writer, “is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium.” As Eudora Welty noted, … Continue reading

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Sentient in San Francisco-26 July 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 26 July 1919 – Edward Poynter, an English painter and illustrator: Part I of II. Below – “Psyche in the Temple of Love”; “Pea Blossoms”; “Lesbia and Her Sparrow”; “Wild Blossoms”; “Louisa Baldwin”; “The … Continue reading

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August Offerings – Part V: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Margaret Babbitt In the words of one writer, “Margaret’s serigraphic style owes much to watercolor values, exhibiting a subtlety and transparency unusual in this medium. She works with water-base inks, blending them with … Continue reading

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June Offerings – Part XXII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Scott Upton Artist Statement: “i’ve always maintained that my work is about color and light and their effect on our emotions. my inspiration comes from nature, whose sublime forms and colors and chaotic … Continue reading

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At Home on the Mountain: Three Wines from Smith-Madrone Winery

“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it … Continue reading

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It’s in the Name: Three Wines from Smith-Madrone

Here is how Stuart Smith, vineyard manager and general partner, explains how the Napa Valley winery he and his winemaker brother Charles operate got its name: “We had so much physically and emotionally invested in the development of the vineyard … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Three Wines from Castello di Amorosa

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau Rarely has anyone proven the truth of Thoreau’s words as … Continue reading

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Four for the Fourth: Wines for Independence Day from Dry Creek Vineyard

I’m sure that most Americans have happy memories of meals taken in the company of family and friends on Independence Day, and in this review I will describe four wines from Dry Creek Vineyard that would bring an added measure … Continue reading

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A Bottle And A Book: Two Christmas Wines From Dry Creek Vineyard

After giving considerable thought to the matter, I have decided that one of the best Christmas presents that anyone could give this year would be a bottle of good wine accompanied by an equally good book, and I have two … Continue reading

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Rhymes and Reasons: Four Christmas Wines From Joseph Phelps Vineyards

The holiday season is upon us, and I am sure that many people share my regrettable habit of postponing Christmas shopping until the last possible moment. However, there is no need to panic, because with the help of a popular … Continue reading

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