My wife Ella is a painter and photographer who, not suprisingly, often uses grapes and vineyards as her subjects.
Recently she was asked to create and donate a painting of a vineyard for a charity auction with the kicker being that a replica or print of the painting be mounted on a bottle of wine -- specifically a magnum of Carpineto's lovely and accessible super-Tuscan blend, Dogajolo, which we both have enjoyed from time to time. So Ella created a watercolor she calls simply "Italian Vineyard," which she mounted in a lovely modern frame with an edging of green, then put a print of it on the broad back of the magnum.
The painting and the bottle will be under the gavel on the evening of April 17 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE. The auction is part of a long weekend fund (and fun) raiser for Meals on Wheels Delaware (go to http://www.mealsfromthemasters.com/).
Of course I'm prejudiced, but I think it's really lovely painting and label and one that would be particularly soothing for pregnant women operating heavy machinery.
Until next time....