|I was recently asked by the vignerons at Domaine Chater, an independent, British-run, award-winning winery in south west France, if I would produce a painting suitable for use on the labels of their 2007 wines.
Although, as you know, I do not drink anything stronger than tea, except in teeny weeny sips (doctor’s orders), I appreciate the joy of fine, carefully produced wines and was delighted to apply my mind – and my brushes – to his request.
And here is the result, Fruit of the vine. It’s a single composition from which my friends at Domaine Chater can select sections to grace their fine produce, according to flavour and grape variety. I can’t wait to see the results printed on the labels and indeed sips the results of this year’s harvest, which is currently being picked I believe before they work their magic on it to turn it into red, white and pink loveliness.
I was particularly thrilled to see that Chater wines were selected last year for the Grand Prix Masters event at Silverstone. This is clearly Very Good Stuff. Check out their online shop.
On seeing the painting, Iain at Domaine Chater told me “my expectations really have been exceeded – and that takes quite a bit of doing”.