Terroir Series

James Frey Collection

A glass of wine holds a memory.  To be more precise, the glass holds two memories; a recollection of a time and of a place both recent and ancient. The first recollection is of a vintage; a recent memory of a particular growing year where environmental factors shape the wine in your glass.  The memory of a vintage is a memory of what occurs above the earth over the course of a single year.  A glass of wine also holds an ancient memory.  A recollection of what happened long before a vine was planted; a memory held deep below the vineyard in the layers and layers of sedimentary and volcanic soils that trace back millions of years.  In painter and winemaker James Frey’s series Terroir,he explores these memories of the land where grapes are grown and expresses the history of the soils in earthy colors and richly textured pieces.