April Featured Artists – Lynne Lockhart & Kirk McBride

In April Bishop’s Stock comes alive with shrimp boats, dinghies, sycamores, dogs, goats and lots of nostalgia. Many patrons know this means New Work by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride. During the past year Lynne and Kirk have been using their creative energies to further explore subjects using different palettes, painting sizes and techniques. Lynne has gone through old photos to capture a feeling of simple family life. The workshops she has taught on animal studies have added to her small painting series. Kirk’s work reflects his love of old vehicles (desert bug to work trucks) and boats docked or sailing in the bay and small creeks. He has continued his series of New York City streetscapes and magnificent trees. Some of the work in the show is shown but you can see all of the paintings check their albums on our Facebook page.

April Featured Wines – Marisco Vineyards 2018 The Ned Pinot Gris & Marisco Vineyards 2016 The Ned Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

2018 The Ned Pinot Gris ($14) is instantly recognizable with its skin-contact giving a delicate salmon pink color. The highly fragranced nose bursts with aromas of apples, lychees, lime blossoms and a touch of honey. The acidity on the palate is crisp but not searing and is balanced by a dry, chalky-textured mouthfeel that finishes with a zing of lime zest. This Pinot Gris can become your best friend when enjoyed on its own, but it also pairs well with your favorite fish dish accompanied with a fresh watermelon salad. Alcohol: 14%

2016 The Ned Pinot Noir ($20) is a classic New Zealand Pinot Noir and has less acidity. It is a balanced wine. It is deep red cherry in color, with a herbaceous nose and red fruits aromas. This wine is light bodied, offering rich notes of red cherries, red currants and cranberries. This is a crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir. It is light and dry to enjoy it on its own or paired with ham, pork or white meats. Easily this is a food-friendly wine. Alcohol: 13.5%

Group Show by Gallery Artists

In March our feature is new work by selected gallery artists. Most of the work is representational in varying sizes. Christie Taylor will show paintings from her last stay in Ballycastle, Ireland. Nancy West’s work reflects her small painting project she has done this winter. We are pleased to include small expressionist paintings by Hunter Nesbitt. The paintings shown below offer a preview. The opening reception is First Friday, March 1 from 5 until 8.

March Featured Wines – 2017 Sula Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled ($14) & 2017 Sula Vineyards, Shiraz Estate Bottled ($15), Maharashtra, India

Sula Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled is herbaceous, crisp and dry, with aromas of bell peppers, freshly cut green grass and refreshing acidity on the palate. Notes of white peach barely prepares the taste buds for full-on citrus flavors of lemon, grapefruit and orange peel. It is bright and zesty on the palate, and the finish offers an unexpected but pleasant jolt of eucalyptus.This pairs well with spicy Indian food, especially coastal and Southern coconut-based curries and dishes flavored with coriander. Also pairs well with spicy Oriental food. Alcohol: 13%

Sula Vineyards, Shiraz Estate Bottled is 85% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and has a deep purple core and a full body with soft, ripe and rounded tannins. It has medium intense aromas of red fruits, cinnamon, blackberries, cacao and spice.This wine is richly structured with lively jammy flavors of red fruits and herbs mixed with pepper and hints of vanilla spice. It finishes in a long length. Pairs well with spicy foods – especially with Indian dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala or Mexican food and Italian red pastas Alcohol: 13%

February Feature – Winter Abstracts

Art comes alive in February! This is the 12th year Bishop’s Stock presents Winter Abstracts  as a way to shake the winter blues. Many artists return for this show each year but someone new is often added. This year new artist John Beam will show with Petra Bernstein, Abbi Custis, Scot Dolby, Maureen Farrell, Ann Hayden, Angela Herbert-Hodges, Anne Holland, Barbara Mowery, John Nyberg, Linda Perry and Maurice Spector . The opening reception is February 1 and the show will be here until February 27. Below are some of the paintings to be on display.

February Featured Wines – 2017 Marcel Dubois Vouvray & 2016 Bourgueil Alouettes Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley, France

February’s wines come from the Loire Valley. We have featured wines from this region before but we like to offer varietals produced by different winemakers from different parts of the region. The Loire Valley wine region is divided into 3 parts – Upper, Middle and Lower. In each section different varietals dominate. Both of February’s wines come from the Upper Region where Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are dominant grapes. 2017 Marcel Dubois Vouvray is 100% Chenin Blanc. 2016 Bourgueil Alouette produced by Domaine de las Chanteleuserie is 100% Cabernet Franc. These wines are grown in vineyards within 30 miles in the Upper Region along the Loire River.

Marcel Dubois Vouvray ($14) is 100% Chenin Blanc which makes it a light yellow straw color. It is medium bodied with aromas of fresh apples and pears. This is well-balanced with good acidity and a crisp finish. Serve with chicken, pork, salmon or a simple mushroom risotto for a great pairing. Alcohol: 11.5%
Bourgueil Alouettes Cabernet Franc ($15) uses “Cuvée Alouettes,” to refer to the name of the domaine where sandier soil tends to soften the tannins and defines the wine as fresh, supple, fruity. Wild berries with a twist of pepper make this is a red wine that is ready to be drunk young. Alcohol: 13%

January Featured Wines – 2017 Livon, Collio Pinot Grigio Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy & 2017 Piazzo, Piemonte Barbera Piedmont, Italy

Livon, Collio Pinot Grigio 2017 ($16) from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy is straw yellow colored with slight ash grey reflections. It has a fragrant bouquet, recalling vanilla and lime flowers. On the palate it is strong with a long finish. This well-balanced wine is an enjoyable Pinot Grigio perfect for all seafood and rich creamy preparations. Alcohol: 12%

Piazzo, Piemonte Barbera 2017 ($12) from Piedmont, Italy is an intense, ruby red with garnet reflections. The nose blends with a combination of roses, jam, blackberries, and a touch of oak. On the palate it is well-rounded with red and dark fruits and a jammy cinnamon note and firm tannins. Serve with savory, hearty dishes. Alcohol: 14%

January at Bishop’s Stock

During January our Studio Sweep Sale continues until January 26. There is a wonderful selection of work by Ed Challenger, Scot Dolby, Lois Engberg, Angela Herbert-Hodges, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Barb Mowery, Carole Peirson, Jim Rehak and Nancy West all at great prices. This is the perfect time to buy for gifts (wedding, graduation – anytime of the year) or for your own collection! The featured work by Helene English is still showing.

December Featured Artist – Helene English

 

 

 

 

 

Helene English, our December featured artist in the front gallery. Helene’s paintings are so lively it is hard not to smile and chuckle about what story she is “telling.” She paints with very clean lines capturing things she sees in the world around her – pets, boats and even manhole covers. On December 7, she will be here to tell her tales!

December Featured Wines – Truchard Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc “The Shepherd,” Caneros, Napa Valley & Donati Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paicines, Central Coast, CA

Truchard Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc “The Shepherd,” Caneros, Napa Valley $15

Truchard Vineyards 2017 “The Shepherd” Sauvignon Blanc, Caneros, Napa Valley comes from much improved weather with rains bringing relief from drought before severe wild fires near the end of harvest made this a memorable vintage. Fortunately all of Truchard Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc was harvested before the fires broke out. The wines are intense, but elegant with nice acidity and balance. The mouth is crisp and clean with bright flavors of Meyer lemon, guava, and lychee. This wine can be enjoyed on its own, or accompanying baked seafood, roasted vegetable salads, and even Thai food. This is a small production wine so enjoy it while you can. Alcohol: 13.9%

 

 

Donati Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paicines, Central Coast, CA $15

Donati Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paicines, Central Coast, CA shows the qualities of a cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Central Coast region. The aroma says this very well – herbs and leather.On the palate, this Cabernet shows an interesting medley of cranberry, pepper, and leather. It has rich tannins and a crisp finish. The delicate blend of the 4 grapes shows great balance. This is a bold wine that compliments a holiday prime rib roast or roasted beef tenderloin. If you are looking for a gift for your host, this Cabernet is a good choice at a great price. Alcohol: 13.8%