Colette Cosentino decorates artist’s wines
Celebrating the fine arts is a core mission of Artiste Winery, whose owners Bion and Anna Rice began collaborating with artists from here and abroad to create their labels when they launched the brand there. is over 20 years old. Many of their bottles – mostly empty – are still used as decorations in my own home, as it was one of the first wine clubs I joined half a lifetime ago. In fact, a limited print of one of the first collaborations with Christina LoCascio Larner hangs over our dining table, a piece of wine as a painting that my wife and I secretly hustled over to buy as a birthday present at an event. wine club until we realized we were both trying to do the same thing. (She won the race, but we both won the board.)
For Artist’s next release of sparkling rosé and chardonnay, the Rices are sourcing directly from downtown Santa Barbara. These two bottles feature the ecologically ethereal paints of Colette Cosentinowhose studio and gallery are located at 11 West Anapamu Street.
Cosentino is known for works much larger than a bottle of wine allows, but these particular pieces match the wines very well. The sparkling, based on Chardonnay with added 10% Carignan, sports a very fine mousse, with flavors of strawberry and light rose playing against a steely minerality, complemented by the artist’s leafy label, titled ” Fruits”. Chardonnay from La Presa Vineyard is intertwined with sunny apples and bright citrus tones, much like the speckled green and yellow piece of Cosentino “Greenbelt” that accompanies the bottle.
“During the pandemic, I had the time and space to reflect on what Artiste really is and how I wanted the brand to grow and move forward in new ways,” said Anna Rice. “After working with artists across the country for over 20 years, being home in Santa Barbara during lockdown has allowed me to reconnect with my local Santa Barbara community.” It was then that she found Cosentino’s studio, and they quickly worked together.
Wines and a selection of Cosentino’s work are available at Artist Tasting Studio, 2948 Grand Ave. in Los Olivos, and via artist.com. There will also be a special launch party on September 9 at the Colette Cosentino Atelier, 11 W. Anapamu St., which is open by appointment. See colettecosentino.com