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Art and Wine

Winemakers pursue a vision, much as an artist imagines a work. Vincent van Gogh painted three vineyard scenes during his artistic career. Van Gogh did not make wine,

but drinking it was certainly an important part of his life, fueling his prodigious productivity. During his stay in Arles, France, he painted more than 200 canvases, as well as 100 drawings and writing 200 letters. He drank copiously, as suggested in a letter written in April 1889: Every day I take the remedy that the incomparable Dickens prescribes against suicide. It consists of a glass of wine, a piece of bread with cheese and a pipe of tobacco.

   Brengman Brothers winemaker Robert Brengman has directed the winemaking since its beginning a decade ago and has taken the cellar reins himself with the 2017 vintage. He has always practiced dry viticulture, thinning the crop and harvesting the grapes by taste over chemistry. The goal has always been to develop a Leelanau terroir with an old-world spirit that, through time, becomes the benchmark for the region. The focus and consistency of the program is showing results in the competition arena with consistent best of show, double gold, gold medals and recently receiving the highest score for a red wine from the region (93 points for the 2017 Left Bank.)

  Like van Gogh, Robert uses his artistic talent to stabilize life’s amazing journey and challenge through his storytelling on canvas. The studio medium of choice for his artwork is pastel on paper, but this year we are offering two wines with Robert’s works on the bottle using acrylic on glass. Our 2018 Viognier (300 bottles) and the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum (100 bottles) will sport an original painting on the glass. Robert sees this opportunity as a chance to practice his visual skills by painting both originals and copies from the masters on the bottles. If you order one of these limited-edition artist series wines you will receive one of the best vintages and styles ever created under the Brengman Brothers roof and it may even have one of the three van Gogh vineyard scenes painted on the bottle.  

2018 Viognier (750 ml)

Intense perfume of peach blossom, apricots, white flowers and violets. Although dry, the richness produces an impression of sweetness. Fermented and aged in a neutral French oak barrel receiving full malolactic fermentation. Crain Hill Vineyard designate.


2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (magnum 1.5 liters)

Looks and tastes of perfection for a cool climate, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Violet, red licorice and black cherry dominate the nose. Chewy and delicious on the tongue with an athletic tannin structure that promises to turn into silk with time. Timberlee Vineyard designate.