(April 4, 2019; Yountville, Calif.)—Napa Valley-based Cliff Lede Vineyards, recognized for its high-quality Bordeaux blends, is also known for its vibrant art collection. Highlights include a permanent collection installation of museum-quality sculptures, as well as rotating artwork from some of the most iconic personalities in the world of music. The winery is honored to host the Northern California premiere of paintings by Bernie Taupin, lifelong visual artist and world-renowned song writer.
“Reflections: The Art of Bernie Taupin” features a collection of original works and hand-signed limited editions of only 50 prints created as a tribute to his partnership of 50 years with Elton John. Its subject matter is inspired by hit songs the two created together. The exhibit is open now through the end of June 2019. All works are available for purchase.
The exhibit debuts in Napa as Elton John performs his final world tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” The buzzworthy biographical film on the life of Elton John, “Rocketman,” is scheduled to be released in May.
“How do I feel about our biggest hits? How do I interpret them as I reflect upon the last 50 years of my professional life? How would I translate them…visually? I spend most of my free time creating visual art now, so I decided to create a body of work in honor of my other body of work, just this once,” says Bernie Taupin.
Visitors may view the exhibit with the following extending viewing hours and tours:
I’m Still Standing Tour
Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The docent-led tour will guide guests through the Cliff Lede Vineyards’ courtyard and into the Backstage tasting lounge, where they will explore Bernie Taupin’s art. Guests may enjoy by-the-glass wines for purchase. Limited to 12 people per time slot. Reservations required.
Encore Evenings in Backstage Tasting Lounge
Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In the evening, the Backstage gallery will open, allowing guests to walk through and experience the Reflections collection. Wines by-the-glass are available for purchase. No reservations required.
Backstage Tasting Lounge Experience
Thursday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Visitors may also view the exhibit by reserving the Backstage experience, which includes the opportunity to taste limited-production and library wines from Cliff Lede Vineyards and FEL Wines. Tastings are $75 per person for non-wine club members and $50 per person for wine club members and are available only by appointment.
To make a reservation, please email [email protected] or call (707) 944-8642.
To view Bernie Taupin’s collection of work, visit his portfolio at www.taupinreflections.com.
About Lede Family Wines
Lede Family Wines was established in 2002 when Canadian-born Cliff Lede acquired 60 acres in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, creating Cliff Lede Vineyards. In 2005, Lede opened the adjacent Poetry Inn, the only accommodations in the Stags Leap District. After acquiring the famed Savoy Vineyard in Anderson Valley in 2011 and creating FEL Wines, the company evolved to become Lede Family Wines, integrating Lede’s luxury wine and hospitality businesses.