What do Winemakers and Artists have in common?

[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] Art and wine are often referred to in the same sentence or advertisement for a tasting event.  So I’ve decided to probe this association a bit further. I’ll be working on a film project where I’ll briefly interview notable Winemakers and simply ask them the question, “What do we have in common, you and me, Winemaker and Artist? A few things come to mind right off the bat.  Both wine making and art making skills demand a certain level of technical mastery in order to be successful. Yet beyond technical mastery, the artist and the winemaker must give their creation heart and soul. Are Art making and wine making financially lucrative? It’s the exception and not the norm. Typically both artists and winemakers swim with the sharks of competition in over-saturated markets.  There’s only a select few who actually master their craft and their market. Both the winemaker’s and the artist’s work are extensions of traditions imbued with their individual perspective and personality.  My tradition is that of the French Impressionists but I was very much influenced by my contemporary mentor Wayne Theibaud as well as Gregory Kondos and my study of perspective as an architectural designer and illustrator. Making art and wine is something that you are called to do.  It requires more than a mild or passing interest. It requires a life long commitment.  It’s passion that seems to be most of what winemakers and artists have in common.
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