COLORS OF COPPER
Art Competition and Wine Tasting Submitted by; Barbara Ahmann
Copper is one of the first elements known and used by man. Native Copper in its raw uncombined state was used by prehistoric people. Copper can range in color from pale rose to copper red, reddish orange to brown. When tarnished it turns black to green in air. The artworks in the show will be judged on the artists’ ability to portray copper’s qualities, such as, color, texture and/or context.
Art Depot has received art submission throughout the state and beyond. We are proud to have so much local talent. Morenci artist, Bria Brown will have on display a masterpiece, “Daydream”.
The judges will have a difficult time choosing first, second and third awards in the categories of paintings, sculpture and photography. I believe those who have consented to judges this year’s show to be a stellar, states Art Depot director Barbara Ahmann, Freeport-McMoRan’s Community Development Manager & Townsite, Martha Lujan, Clayton Jarvis an artist, collector, historian, and world traveler, who for the last ten years’ has become a hermit based in Duncan, and last but not least, Deanna Cluff who earned a MFA in Drawing and a MFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and is now an Associate Professor of Art at EAC. Have all agreed to undertake the task.
This year’s featured winery is Sonora Vineyard. Sonoran Wines is located along the edge of a winding desert greenbelt, spanning the banks of Turkey Creek as it meanders from the base of the Chiricahua Mountains into the sprawling valley below. Their unique location, mineral-rich soil, and climate support extraordinary grape production, connecting every sip to the desert. Sonora’s mission is to produce award-winning, distinct, and extraordinary Southern Arizona wines in small-batch boutique production by blending old world and contemporary expertise.
We will be tasting Sonora’s five released wines:
2016 Reserve Petite Sirah: their Reserve Petite Sirah is well-balanced and bold with a distinctive ruby hue and rich taste. Aged in oak barrels for five years, this wine was allowed to develop its nose and flavor over time. Notes of coffee, char, tobacco, and blackberry on the nose complement a ripe blackberry taste followed by darker notes on the finish.
2018 Real de Terrenate Red Blend: Named after the historical Spanish presidio to the west of our vineyard, this red blend draws inspiration from the classic French Côtes du Rhône wines. The blackberry, hibiscus, and char notes with a round plush taste from the Grenache and a mild spice from the Mourvèdre creates a luscious wine.
2018 Real de San Bernardino Red Blend: This red blend, named after the historical Spanish presidio site to the south of their vineyard, is a versatile wine that draws on the classical qualities of our Rhône-style grapes. These distinct terroir shapes this original blend that has floral and red cherry notes with a well-balanced spice on the palate.
2020 Viognier: Sonora’s Viognier adds a crisp, bright white wine reminiscent of the golden minerality of the alluvial soil of the region. This refreshing white has notes of stone fruit, apple and pear on the nose with a lovely citrus taste on the palate.
2020 Rosé of Grenache: The color of this Rosé is a hue found in our monsoon sunsets, and the crisp, bright profile complements the piquant flavors of the Southwest. This perfectly balanced wine has notes of strawberries and peaches on the nose and a creaminess with a slight hint of honey on the palate.