“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” I don’t know who originally said it maybe it was David Byrne of the “Talking Heads” or Frank Zappa, but I love the quote because I think it reflects common conversations had about art and wine. And so what do art and wine have to do with one another? In a literal sense, nothing really. But each can create a sensory and sensual experience and the wine maker and the artist share the enviable characteristic of passion. And even though the market doesn't need any more painters or winemakers we'll always need art and wine that inspires. A few months ago I attended a music and wine pairing sponsored by Rubicon Estate and the San Francisco Luxury Marketing Council. The winemaker paired each wine with a different piano solo. This creative approach made the tasting so much more enjoyable and the wine that much more accessible. I thought about why that was. And I think it’s because people simply paused long enough to get in touch with their senses and perception and to just trust their preferences. I met a sommelier who appreciated and insightfully discussed my paintings. It came as no surprise to me that he was a former music critic. I’m very interested in this concept of creating a starting point of conversation. Of opening up perception by tuning in to more sensory channels. If you're a wine writer and or sommelier interested in creating art and wine pairing at local events and or writing about the experience, please contact me to collaborate.