Join us for the Celebration!
What could be better to celebrate the harvest season than with an invitation to one of Galena’s most celebrated weekends of the year? That would be the Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend slated for Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
Centering around Galena Cellar’s Vineyard & Winery, the 32nd Annual Nouveau is always held the third
Friday of November and showcases the annual release of Le Beaujolais nouveau, which refers to the practice of bottling the first wine of the harvest just a few weeks after fermentation.
“Light, bright and jubilantly fruity, this particular wine symbolizes the end of the growing season and as an invitation to partake of autumn’s bounty,” said Galena Cellars’ winemaker, Chris Lawlor-White.
The Nouveau invitation holds much in store for those attending the French infused, century plus tradition. Kicked off in Galena in 1985 by Galena Cellars, Nouveau Wine Weekend has grown to become a full-blown community celebration that revolves around all things that are wine – particularly Galena Cellar’s 2016 Nouveau wine.
“Nouveau wine is the perfect holiday wine with turkey and light fare that aspires towards drinkability without needing to be powerful or complex,” Chris explained. “It’s supposed to be something celebratory and about people getting together around the harvest and the holiday. It’s not about the wine . . .it’s about the people. That’s exactly what our Nouveau Wine Weekend is all about.”
The weekend activities get underway at noon on Friday, Nov. 18 when the new wine is officially released with a toast at Galena Cellar’s opening luncheon held at the Main Street location and the DeSoto House that day. Many area restaurants follow suit and celebrate with traditional French fare and wine-inspired luncheons.
The afternoon festivities continue at 2:30 p.m. with a parade of revelers assembling for a trek down Galena’s Main Street in assorted modes of transportation and merriment from horse-drawn wagons to trollies as the Nouveau wine is handed out to Galena merchants who display the Nouveau posters in their shop windows.
This year’s poster was designed by accomplished artist Mick Victor of Los Angeles, California.
“I’m so thrilled to be working with the Lawlor family and Galena Cellars
on the signature artwork that’s introducing the 2016 Nouveau,” Mick said.
“ ‘Mon Cadeau,’ translation, “my gift” is about capturing the simple
emotion of a special moment between two people. It really was a
joy to work on this piece and I’m sincerely honored to be a part
of this year’s Nouveau Celebration.”
Originally from Iowa, Mick not only has Midwestern roots, but he is no stranger to Galena Cellars.
“Mick and I went to high School together at Regis in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, “said Scott Lawlor, Galena Cellar’s CEO. “He has become a sought after artist in Los Angeles. It has been great to work with him after all these years. He did an excellent job capturing the essence of Nouveau.”
Local restaurants and Galena businesses continue the celebration all weekend with live music, wine tastings, dinner specials and receptions.
Galena Cellars vineyard will also be open all weekend for wine tastings and vineyard tours at noon and
2 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours at the vineyard are from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Galena Cellars Main Street Tasting Room and Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. through December.
For more information on Nouveau Wine Weekend, to make a reservation for the annual Lawlor Family Nouveau Toast & Winery Luncheon, lodging facilities and other wine events, go to www.nouveauweekend.com or www.galenacellars.com.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Since the opening of his 2009 Art Unexpected exhibition, Mick Victor’s work in photography and mixed media
has gained an important following not only in Southern California but in cities as far away as London where a recent portrait work of his was chosen to represent the “Song of Luthien” performance tour with London Symphony Orchestra percussionist and composer Rodney Newton.
As a signature photographer for General Electric his commercial images are featured in the US, Canada and throughout Western Europe. In 2012 he was the recipient of an “America’s 50 Emerging Artists” award. Respected for his portrait photography, the continuing Art Unexpected Series and his recent ORIM mixed media pieces, his work has been exhibited and sold in several solo gallery shows. Recently five of his master portraits were featured at the Los Angeles, Museum of Latin American Art in the 2015 TRANSFORMATIONS Exhibit and are now a part of the museum’s permanent collection.
In the newer ORIM pieces – like in his Nouveau piece – Mick is combining free hand digital illustration with photography and dominant color fields. “In these works, I’m trying to focus on very pure form emotions that either celebrate fine art influences such as dancing and movement design or simple human situations where the stories can be felt more in the positioning of the figures and faces.”