Fuse-On Art and Wine

The latest innovation in combining art and wine.


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Recently, wine and art have been paired in numerous ways: at galleries, tastings, and with "Artist Series" labels that are becoming increasingly popular.

A new spin on the theme was created by resident artist Claire Magee, wife of founder Mike Magee of Belle Vallée Cellars in Corvallis, Oregon. Looking for something new to distinguish their wine bottles from the rest, the Magees turned to Claire's experience with fused glass to create remarkable labels for their large format bottles.

The glass Claire uses comes from Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, Oregon. It's called "fusible" art glass, which looks the same as glass that would be used in making stained glass, but it has unique properties, making it possible to use in a kiln and to retain its color after being exposed to high temperatures.

Taking pieces of this unique and vibrantly colored  art glass, the labels are fused together in a kiln at temperatures close to 1500ËšF for 17 to 24 hours per firing. The result is that each glass label is unique, with a different jewel-like design for each wine.

These labels are available in a variety of bottlings, so there are enough options for you to get your hands on one by the holidays.

With three delicious Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, two robust reds from the Rogue Valley, and a Pinot Noir Port, the bottles are at once unique and expressive. The original set of bottles was sold at the Classic Wines Auction in Portland, OR, for $4500.

Available from Belle Vallée Cellars in Oregon, Grande Harvest Wines in Grand Central Station in  New York City and distributed to retail stores around the country by Opici Wine Group.

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