I have a thing for South Florida. I love it, love it, love it. In fact, I must love it so much, I fell in love there! The food, the culture, the gorgeous beach views, the Carribbean vibe ... All of it. And of course, there's nothing like checking out Miami’s Wynwood Arts District before a dinner date. I can't tell you how bummed I was to miss two opportunities to visit Florida because I wasn't feeling well. Last April for work and last week with my guy, who went back to visit his family. However, all was not lost. Somehow the wine gods sensed my despair and sent me a limited edition bottle of Reserva by Spanish Winery Campo Viejo. They're celebrating this limited edition bottle release with a U.S. street art installation in Miami as part of the global art series “Streets of Color.” Perfect timing too. I was in the middle of setting up my art studio when the package arrived, and could not wait to have an art celebration of our own. It makes my guy incredibly happy to see that I've taken out my oils and brushes. Miami’s Wynwood Arts District is currently the sixth canvas for the global art series “Streets of Color” painted by international artists Okuda and Remed. All of the murals are inspired by the natural features of the Campo Viejo vineyards and serve as visual love letters of Spanish culture to cities that embrace wine, food, culture and art. This particular large-scale mural (by Okuda) is all about the idea of color giving life, and I certainly think it illustrates the vibrancy, color and life of the city, don't you agree? And the wine? Reserva's flavor is a lovely balance between cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries with hints of clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut (yum). It's beautifully smooth (drinking a glass as I write) with a long lasting finish. It would definitely go really well with a nice mix of cheeses. Hmmm, there's an idea.
If you're lucky enough to be in the Miami area, the mural can be viewed at Northwest 23rd Street and Northwest Fifth Avenue in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami until August 31, 2014. Salud!