This past Friday was my fifth wedding anniversary. My husband and I took a short trip to Oklahoma City because there was an amazing art exhibition I had to see-- Kehinde Wiley’s A New Republic. It was fan-freaking-tastic that we spent the entire trip just stopping each other to say, “God, that exhibition was incredible”. We also stayed in the amazing 21c Hotel. These establishments are part boutique hotel, part contemporary art museum. They mostly had pieces by artists I wasn’t aware of but had two Lalla Essaydi pieces-- she is this incredible Moroccan artist who juxtaposes traditional arab culture with feminism.
We are now back home with our cats, which is very nice, but I kind of wanted to continue the celebration. I had a bottle of wine that I had been saving for a special occasion. It is the Field Recordings Koligian Vineyard blend. If you’ve read my blog, you know what a Field Recordings fangirl I am. They turned me onto good wine a few years back and ever since, I have been eternally grateful. As I mentioned, when a wine is above $25, I will let you know. While I got this at a wine sale for about $25, it usually retails for around $34. In my opinion, it is well worth the cost. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It is unfined and lightly filtered, which I love.
On the nose, it is straight up anise, bing cherries and new leather boots. Do you know what I’m talking about? Before my L.A. trip last spring, I bought these oxblood leather boots and they had the best smell. Nothing beats that, sorry vegans. It is so delightful on the palate and not overly tannic or acidic. It tastes of boozy cherries, you know, like a cherry that has been sitting in your old fashioned for a bit and absorbed a ton of bourbon.
Kehinde Wiley is one of my favorite artists. His style is so fascinating, imitating the style of Renaissance portraits, but replacing traditional subjects with contemporary African American men and women. His pieces consider race, gender and politics. I found a particular set of paintings interesting as they considered Ethiopian Jews and the Palestinian experience in Israel. I also very much enjoyed his pieces that featured women. The majority of his works feature men, and I enjoy those, but I really liked seeing the portrayals of women in his paintings and sculpture.
If you have a chance to see Kehinde Wiley, take it! One of his pieces is at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art if you are in the Kansas City area and it is fantastic. Also, open up special bottles of wine! Sometimes I buy a bottle and tell myself I’m saving it for a special occasion and then the occasion comes and I don’t open the bottle. It’s silly really, to save something just for the purpose of saving it. There will never be a perfect time to open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving or taking that transatlantic trip. Just go for it and enjoy. So that is what I’m doing tonight and I am absolutely enjoying this wine.