October Featured Artists – Lois Engberg & Dana Simson

October is probably our favorite month. Pleasantly warm days and cool nights are welcomed. Harvested fields and the Harvest Moon mean fall is here. So it is nice to have Lois Engberg is our featured artist for the start of fall. We will also reintroduce Dana Simson to our visitors. Lois is an artist who paints beautiful still lifes of whatever is blooming seasonally. This show will include sunflowers but also landscapes and seascapes. My favorite is a nocturne, Moonshine. Since Lois has shown with us 15 years people always anticipate the beauty of her subjects and her talent. Check her website and her album on our Facebook page.

Dana, her husband John and their children, Ruby and Eli, were featured artists in 2005. As you can image Ruby and Eli are adults now on their own. Dana and John no longer operate out of their gallery in Salisbury preferring to work from home. Dana still creates ceramics, artwork and home decor selling mostly on line. She has recently written Come Together, a wonderful guidebook for retooling our daily lives with simple changes to help the environment. She will be showing things that fly – moths and birds. Her website shows how Dana uses all of her talents and interests. Also check her album on our Facebook page.

Lois Engberg

Dana Simson

October Featured Wines – 2020 Blue Quail Chardonnay, Mendocino, CA & 2019 Tassajara Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA

This is a full-flavored Chardonnay, the hallmark of cool weather climates. It has a bouquet of apple and pear with a long mineral finish. This is not a buttery, oaky Chardonnay. The nose is fresh and bright with orchard fruit aromas and a touch of smoke and flint. Lush notes of ripe pear and apple blend with mouthwatering acidity to give backbone. This is fruit forward and built for food. Alcohol: 13.5%

This Pinot Noir is a food-friendly and sustainably grown with rich black cherry flavors and a smooth silky finish. There’s a touch of game on the nose of this affordable and complex wine, which also shows aromas of smoked berry, clove and garam masala. Roasted strawberry and red plum meet with game, orange rind, herbs and cracked pepper on the well-seasoned palate. Alcohol: 13.5%

September Featured Wines – 2020 Bodegas LAN Rioja Blanco & 2015 Bodegas LAN Rioja Estate Reserve, Rioja, Spain

September’s wines are from the Rioja region in North Central Spain. Rioja wine is made from grapes grown in the autonomous communities of La Rioja and Navarre, and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alavesa.

The selected wines are from Bodegas LAN. The name LAN is an acronym based on the initials of each of the three provinces that form the three Rioja zones: Logroño (currently part of La Rioja), Alava and Navarra. The varietals produced in this region are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura, Manzuela and Graciano. Bodegas LAN, Rioja Blanco (2020) is Viura and Bodegas LAN, Rioja Estate Bottled Reserva (2015) is a blend of Tempranillo and Manzuela. Both wines will be nice for the change of season.

Bodegas LAN, Rioja Blanco (2020) Spain $11

This Virua is straw yellow with green hues denoting its youth, LAN Blanco exhibits on the nose the herbal aromas characteristic of the grape variety, with hints of fresh fruit (apple, pear, lime). Medium bodied and round, the lemon zest and orange peel that prevail on the palate are a taste preview of its crisp finish. LAN Blanco pairs nicely with all kinds of hors d’oeuvres, pasta, mussels, shrimp and fish. Alcohol: 12.5%

Bodegas LAN, Rioja Estate Bottled Reserva, Spain (2015) $19

This wine is 92% Tempranillo and 8% Manzuela. It is an intense garnet color. It has aromas of red fruits, cherry, blackberry, blended with the notes of vanilla and spice from oak casks. The silky, well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity support the full body. Structured, fleshy, filling. Elegant, balanced and harmonious. Long aftertaste. A great wine for roasted meats and cheeses. Alcohol: 14.5%

August Featured Artist – Nancy West

In August we will be showing one of our favorites – Nancy West. Nancy is another artist I did not meet until Paint Snow Hill. Although she lives close by in Chincoteague, her talent was not revealed to Bishop’s Stock until our first plein air event in April 2004. Since then we have loved having her paintings and having her as a featured artist. I have also learned of her many talents. As she has done in the past she will have her oil paintings and her Chinese sumi-e watercolors. If you go to her website you will see portfolios of her work – landscapes, wildlife, still life, children, figures and sumi-e. Recently she has started working with alcohol ink occasionally offering workshops. If you read Nancy’s biography you will see she actually started painting at the age of 10. She has not stopped!

August Featured Wines – 2020 Zolo Sauvignon Blanc Estate Grown, Mendoza & 2018 Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec Agrelo (2018)

2020 Zolo Sauvignon Blanc Estate Grown $13

This zesty Sauvignon Blanc from high-elevation vineyards has aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, herbs, spice and orange blossom notes that persist through the finish. This is a refreshing wine for summer seafood. Alcohol: 13.5%

2018 Lamadrid, Single Vineyard Malbec Agrelo (2018) $16

Like all of Lamadrid’s wines, this Malbec is a 100% estate single vineyard wine. It has indigenous yeasts, and is unfiltered and unfined. The delicious flavors are plums, black pepper, and berries. This is a nice wine for grilled red meat. Alcohol: 13.6%

July Featured Wines – Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay (2019) & Bulletin Place Merlot (2019), South East Australia

Our July wines come from Australia where it is winter just as we pass the Summer Solstice. The wines are from South East Australia. This area encompasses all of the state of Victoria and parts of South Australia and New South Wales. The South Eastern Australia wine region is the engine that drives the Australian wine industry. 

Evans Wine Company, was established by Len Evans to export Australian wines around the world. The principal export label, Bulletin Place, was named for Evans’ famous club and shop in Sydney. After Evans’ death in 2007, Bill Calabria, owner of Calabria Family Wines, took over the Bulletin Place label. Calabria Family Wines is a dynamic family-owned company that was established in 1945 in the Riverina region. They are committed to producing outstanding premium wines and are proud to carry on Len Evans’ great tradition through the Bulletin Place brand. 

July’s wines are Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay (2019) and Bulletin Place Merlot (2019). Many of our customers enjoy unoaked Chardonnay and this one has received good reviews. Also many of our customers do not ask for Merlots so I am hoping this selection will introduce a Merlot that changes minds. During First Friday July 2 we will be tasting these wines and a Chardonnay and Shiraz from Margaret River in Western Australia.

2019 Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay, South East Australia $10

This unoaked Chardonnay is clean and crisp with tart citrus and apple flavors similar to Chablis. Juicy, brambly berry flavors offer a healthy dose of toasted herb and cedar notes on an easy-drinking frame. A touch of tahini mingles with pear, apple and citrus… Drink now.  Alcohol: 13.%

2019 Bulletin Place Merlot, South East Australia $10

Fresh and crisp, with candied cherry, strawberry and dried herb notes that show touches of spice and cedar on the smooth finish. this wine This Merlot has an intense bouquet of ripe cherry, plums, and dried herbs. A flavorsome palate of sweet overtones. Drink now. Alcohol: 13.5%

Featured Wine for June – 2018 Hedges Family Estate CMS Sauvignon Blanc & 2018 Hedges Family Estate CMS Red, Washington

2018 Hedges Family Estate CMS Sauvignon Blanc, Washington $16

This Sauvignon Blanc is light straw in color and brilliantly clear. Peach, gooseberry, lemon curd, citrus blossom and just a tinge of orange marmalade hit the nose. On the palate are flavors of just ripe lemon, peach and a tasty touch of fresh biscuits So much about this wine is drinkable. It’s light, but not insignificant. It’s refreshing, thoughtful like a breezy summer day Absolutely enjoyable.  Alcohol: 13.5% This blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah has black cherry, raspberry, warm mulling spices with a bit of cocoa, vanilla and anise on the nose. The palate is very soft up front, has a nice creamy center and while it does pack a slight punch, it lingers into a finessed finish. With flavors of chocolate, sarsaparilla, raspberry candy, clove and cinnamon, this wine is delicious, well rounded and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Alcohol: 14%

2018 Hedges Family Estate CMS Red, Washington $16

This blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah has black cherry, raspberry, warm mulling spices with a bit of cocoa, vanilla and anise on the nose. The palate is very soft up front, has a nice creamy center and while it does pack a slight punch, it lingers into a finessed finish. With flavors of chocolate, sarsaparilla, raspberry candy, clove and cinnamon, this wine is delicious, well rounded and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Alcohol: 14%

Featured Wines for May- PAXIS Bulldog White Blend, Lisboa, Portugal & Waterdog Red Blend, Setubal , Portugal

May takes us back to another country we love for many reasons – Portugal is a lovely country to visit because the diversity of their geography, their history, their friendliness, their good affordable wines and their love for dogs. Yes, their love for dogs is the focus for this month because we having a Black English Labrador puppy coming to our family early in May. No doubt he will be a fixture in the gallery along with Rye. So to celebrate we are offering two wines whose producers use dogs on their labels. The wines are from two different regions not far from each other – Lisboa and Setubal.   The white is Paxis Bulldog White Blend of Fernao Pires(70%), Arnito (15%), Verdelho (5%), Alvarinho (5%), and oaked Chardonnay (5%.) This is considered a softly, textured ripe wine. The red offering received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast as a new wine from Jose Maria da Fonseca is Waterdog Red Blend. It is a blend of three grapes – Castelao (56%), Touriga Nacional (27%), and Touriga Francesa (22%.) This is a young that can be consumed right away. Both of these are warm weather wines.   If by chance you read Wine Spectator you will enjoy their cover story on wine producers and their vineyard dogs in the United States. Hope you come to welcome Buck!

PAXIS Bulldog White Blend, Lisboa, Portugal $12

This is a dry bright white, fruited, young refreshing white with apple and lemon notes in the aroma and tasting. It is a pleasant, smooth easy drinking wine for every day. Excellent aperitif, it’s also a delicious complement of fish, white meat, vegetarian, Indian and Thai cuisines and as well lighter flavored dishes and fresh cheeses. Alcohol: 12%

Waterdog Red Blend, Setubal, Portugal $12

This ruby colored wine has the aroma of blackberry, dried figs and tobacco smoke. On the palate it has ripe blackberry, fresh and smooth well integrated tannins. With fine tannins cushioned by layers of black fruits it has balanced acidity. This is perfect with Barbeque food, roasts and pasta dishes. This is also a new wine that can be consumed right now and for 4 years. Alcohol: 13.2%

Featured Wines for December – Jean-Louis Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs, Burgundy, France & Henry Fessy, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais, France

Jean-Louis Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs, Burgundy, France $11

This sparkling wine is pale golden in color with delicate bubbles. It has a white fresh fruit bouquet of pear and apple. On the palette it has a clean, fresh attack on your mouth. This has a pleasant taste thanks to being a well-balanced. Enjoy the lovely small bubbles. Celebrate an occasion or just enjoy this festive sparkler. Alcohol: 11.5%

Henry Fessy, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais, France $14

Beaujolais nouveau is a purple-pink wine reflecting its youth. The method of production means that there is a higher acidity and very little tannin. Nouveau will have very bright, fresh, red fruit flavors, such as cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, along with fruity flavors of banana, grape, fig and pear drop. The wine is recommended to be slightly chilled to 55 °F. Alcohol: 14.5%

C. Keith Whitelock Featured in January

We continue to feature the work of our artists with the focus on a different artist each month. In December we will show the work of C. Keith Whitelock. As a native of Somerset County, Deal Island, Crisfield and the surrounding shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay region planted the inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Favorite subjects are the weathered working boats and decaying derelicts that so often accent the surrounding marsh. Working in watercolors, oils, and occasionally acrylics, Whitelock often presents an image of a rapidly disappearing lifestyle. His work is full of realism and always has a story to tell.

Keith did a video of the show in December. Use this link to get to Facebook Live. Express your interest in the event and you will get a reminder. We have some of the paintings in the show in a Facebook Album. You can also check his website and his YouTube channel to see his work and his watercolor workshops. Anyone interested in any of the work in our show may send a Facebook message or email info@bishopstock.com.