March Feature – New Work by Gallery Artists

March is a month that makes the change of season a reality. Daylight Savings Time returns March 11 and the Vernal Equinox on March 20 lets us welcome Spring. At Bishop’s Stock our March show reveals what gallery artists have created during winter hibernation. Themes in their new work range from unique still life subjects to interesting travel destinations. The landscape shown below, Bunatrahir Bay Study, is by Christie Taylor done during her 5 week fellowship in Ballycastle, Mayo County, Ireland. Other artists – Petra Bernstein, Scot Dolby, Lois Engberg, Linda Epstein, Jim Rehak, Fred Sprock, Nancy Richards West – will be showing with Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride offering a sneak peak of their April show. Erick Sahler will be here for the opening with his work. Rule #1 (No Ketchup) is a new take on Thrashers French Fries.

March Featured Wines – 2017 Good Hope Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape, South Africa & 2016 Good Hope Pinotage, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

2017 Good Hope Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa     $10

Good Hope Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa is sourced from a 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Western Cape region east of Cape Town. It typifies the Southern Hemisphere style with depth and crispness. This is a nice dry wine that goes with foods with distinctive seasoning or it may be enjoyed as an easy “sipper.” Alcohol: 12.5%


2016 Good Hope Vineyards Pinotage, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa    $10

Good Hope Vineyards Pinotage, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa is an easy drinking Pinotage, South Africa’s signature varietal. While many associate this grape with Pinot Noir, that is a misconception. Pinotage more closely resembles Syrah. It is deeply colored, high in tannins and has a decent amount of acidity which makes it perfect to pair with bold foods – Indian curry, spicy sausages. Alcohol: 14%

February Feature – Winter Abstracts


February is always a welcomed month at Bishop’s Stock with our annual Winter Abstracts. Many familiar names will be on our walls – Petra Bernstein, John Cleary, Abbi Custis, Scot Dolby, Anne Hayden, Angela Herbert-Hodges, Anne Holland, John Nyberg, Linda Perry and Deborah Rolig. We can guarantee lots of color and energy. The Opening Reception is First Friday, February 2 from 5 until 8.

February Featured Wines – 2015 Lomas del Valle Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc & 2105 Lomas del Valle Quinteto Red Blend, Lower Casablanca Region, Chile

2015 Lomas del Valle, Valle de Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc, Lower Casablanca Region, Chile  $ 16

This wine is sourced from a single, cool climate vineyard in the lower Casablanca Valley, this site is less than fifteen miles from the Pacific Ocean. Optimum growing conditions with moderate temperatures allow for the slow ripening of the Sauvignon Blanc, ensuring bright aromas, good concentration, and crisp acidity. Aromas of fresh cut grapefruit, citrus, and lime zest are mirrored on the light-bodied but lively palate. Excellent balance between fruit notes and acidity, this is stylistically in the middle of a grassy New Zealand Sauvignon and the steel cut French version. Received 93 point from Wine & Spirits. Alcohol: 13%


2015 Lomas del Valle Quinteto Red Blend, Lower Casablanca Region, Chile $16

This red is a blend is 70% Cabernet Franc, 20% Syrah, 5% Malbec, 4% Merlot and 1% Pinot Noir. Each variety is separated, fermented and aged on the Loire style using stainless tanks. Aromas are of fresh fruits – blackcurrant and blackberry, violets and pepper. On the palate this blend is light and juicy, showing the typical cool climate that offers freshness.This is a bold and well balanced new world red wine that pairs well with game and red meat. Received 95 points from Decanter. Alcohol: 14.5%


Studio Sweep Sale Continues

Bishop’s Stock’s annual Studio Sweep Sale continues through January. This is the perfect time to browse the paintings. Some are framed and ready to hang. Prices range from $50 for unframed 6×6 panels to $2600 for a beautifully framed 36×36. In between there are many choices of work by Ed Challenger, Scot Dolby, Lois Engberg, Barbara Hagar, Sharon Himes, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Barb Mowery, Carole Boggemann Peirson, Fred Sprock, and Nancy West. The sale will close January 27.

January Featured Wines – 2016 Grand’Arte Alvarinho, Lisboa, Portugal & 2015 Bodegas Altivo Tinto, Dao, Portugal

2016 Grand’Arte Alvarinho, Lisboa Portugal   $13

This wine is a southern and warmer take on Alvarinho that is found in northern Portugal. It brings out the ripe perfumed character of the grape. Apricot and golden plums show both the fruit and the generous texture. This is a dry wine of real finesse with an intense aroma of ripe orchard fruits. It is full-bodied with a delicious, creamy character which is countered by a fresh, citrus quality on a long finish. This is an excellent aperitif, particularly recommended with fish, white meat, soups, salads and any light flavored dishes. Wine Enthusiast included this in the Best of 2017. Alcohol: 12%


2015 Bodegas Altivo Tinto, Dao, Portugal  $10

This is a blend of Jaen and Trincadeira grapes that offers flavors of dark berries preceded by aromas of cocoa. It has medium body tannins that offer a smooth mouthfeel. Some reviewers consider this a rich and intense wine like those produced in Douro just to the north of Dao. This is a great pairing for beef and other hearty roasts. If you have venison in your freezer from this year’s hunt, the Altivo is a great match. Alcohol: 13%

December Featured Artist – Stan Sperlak






Marshes and beaches along the Atlantic coast consistently appear in Stan’s pastels. In this show he uses both brilliant and tonal saturated color for both plein air and studio paintings. Stan captures the pureness of nature’s color values by layering intensely pigmented pastels. He achieves texture from both the paper he selects and the way he uses the pastels. You see movement of the wind in short energetic strokes. Tranquility of the ocean you see in long horizontal bands of color. The atmospheric relationship between land or sea and sky is predominant in all of Stan’s work. Undoubtedly, Stan’s pastels clearly represent his emotional connection to the beauty of this region. Everyday Stan lives his love of the outdoors through his painting, a busy landscape business in Cape May Court House, NJ and life on Crow Creek Farm. As a master teacher, Stan shares his artistic vision and skills in workshops all over the world.


December Featured Wines – 2016 Sartarelli Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche, Italy & 2016 Valle Reale Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo, Abbruzzo, Italy

2016 Sartarelli Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche, Italy $15

This Verdicchio is light sunshine in a glass. It is a succulent wine with beautifully balance minerality and notes of citrus and mint. As typical with Verdicchio grapes there is a satisfying bitter almond finish. This wine is a perfect pairing for antipasti and creamy seafood pasta. Alcohol: 13%


2016 Valle Reale Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo, Abbruzzo, Italy  $14

This Montepulciano wine is bright ruby-red in color. This youthful red offers explosive aromas of blueberries, cherries, licorice, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with plentiful acidity and a pleasant finish. This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces, eggplant parmigiana, and mushroom risotto. Alcohol: 13%

November Featured Artists – Lois & Kathryn Engberg









Many of our patrons will remember the first time we showed Katie Engberg along with her mother, Lois, and her grandmother, Barbara Beauchamp in 2013. Katie was then in her second year at Grand Central Academy in New York. Since graduating in 2016 she is now an instructor at this renown atelier school continuing to teach the classical traditions she learned under her mentor, Jacob Collins. In November Katie and Lois will be featured once again. This fall they returned from a stay in Lucca, Italy where Katie taught two drawing workshops and Lois enjoyed painting the beauty of the area.

This show will reinforce the influence art has on both mother and daughter. Katie will show her development as a talented figure artist and Lois will offer images from her stay in Italy along with her classic still life paintings.

November Featured Wines – 2015 Montinore Estate Almost Dry Riesling & 2015 Montinore Estate “Red Cap” Pinot Noir, Oregon

2015 Montinore Almost Dry Riesling, Oregon                                          $14

This is fresh and flavorful Riesling.  It has tropical aromas of starfruit and mango that blend with notes of honeydew. On the palette are flavors of tangerine and key lime with some herbal notes and earthiness. The beauty of this wine is it really is almost dry making it a perfect wine with turkey. It also complements salads and spicy foods. This is a very versatile wine for the holiday. Alcohol: 11.3%



2015 Montinore Estate “Red Cap” Pinot Noir, Oregon                           $18

This is a  Pinot that greets you with aromatics of black cherry, hints of smoke cinnamon, clove and earthy undertones. Sweet fruit of juicy raspberry and red cherry are balance with both cranberry and herbal notes. Savory, gentle coating tannins lead to a round clear finish. This is a versatile wine for your Thanksgiving menu. Alcohol: 13.9%