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An Afternoon with Mature Wine – Old Nebbiolo Back Labels

November 17, 2018 Leave a comment

An 18th century Portrait of Two Men Holding Wine Glasses

November 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne; Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt. c. 1721. [1]

While I think about the history of wine during the day and dream about it at night, glass is on my mind as of late.  The two men in this portrait were members of the 18th century Kit Kat club of London.  Apparently, the heavy baluster wine glasses they are holding are thought to have been designed specifically for club meetings.


[1] Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne; Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt oil on canvas, circa 1721 NPG 3215 © National Portrait Gallery, London. URL: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw03915/Thomas-Pelham-Holles-1st-Duke-of-Newcastle-under-Lyne-Henry-Clinton-7th-Earl-of-Lincoln?

San Gioveto from Pierre Viala’s Ampélographie

November 13, 2018 Leave a comment

San Gioveto from Viala, Pierre. Ampélographie. [1]


[1] San Gioveto from Viala, Pierre. Ampélographie. Tome 3. 1901-1910. Bibliothèque nationale de France. URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb35281023z

Madeira

October 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Good morning!  I have not posted for ages because I finally visited the island of Madeira and been working on two Madeira related talks.  Check back next week for new posts.

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I am still at the beach

August 30, 2018 2 comments

with a bottle of 2016 Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne, Saint-Joseph.

 

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Grape clusters on the 18th c. frieze of The Circus, Bath

In Bath, England, between The Royal Crescent and Queen Square, lies The Circus.  The Circus is a completely circular formation of homes punctuated by only three streets at regular angles.  Designed by John Wood the Elder and built by John Wood the Younger, the three arcs were built in phases between 1754-1768.

There is no variation to the fronts of the houses, they are all three stories tall representing three orders Roman Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.  The frieze of the Doric entablature is decorated with 525 emblems including grapes.  In this instance, a vine with two grape clusters supported by a tree trunk, is shown centered above one pair of columns.

Carved grape cluster of the temple at The Roman Baths, England

The lost pediment and Gorgon’s head from the Temple of Sulis Minerva at The Roman Baths in England, carved in the first century AD, were discovered in 1790.  Additional pieces were revealed in the centuries since.  Today these pieces are installed in a subterranean room at the museum of The Roman Baths.  The pediment was originally supported by four large columns, raising it some 15 meters above the height of any visitors. Found amongst the surviving cornices are a carved cluster of grapes.  A detail of these grapes appears below.