The Fine Art of Wine
We recently became aware of the art of wine by artist Cecilia Anastos. Please take a minute to read his press release and explore his work of art. You will get a discount on purchases made through Wine Country Getaways, and you will support assistance dogs for adults and children with disabilities. Thank you! The […]

We recently became aware of the art of wine by artist Cecilia Anastos. Please take a minute to read his press release and explore his work of art. You will get a discount on purchases made through Wine Country Getaways, and you will support assistance dogs for adults and children with disabilities. Thank you!

The fine arts of wine:

Every year in October, we celebrate the culture of wine in the northern hemisphere. Winemaking is an art and, to celebrate this art, artist Cecilia Anastos presents her collection of wine bottle paintings as well as a special offer to members of Wine Country Getaways.

The complete collection of wine bottle paintings is available at https://www.ceciliaanastos.com/wine-bottle-collection.html

You will receive a 20% discount with WCG2020 coupon. Ms. Anastos donates 10% of her profits to the non-profit organization True Blue Service Dogs, Inc. When you support the arts, you also support service dogs for adults and children with disabilities.

Ms. Anastos expresses her art with acrylic paints and oil pastels on gallery wrapped canvas or acid-free paper. She adds her Italian sense of humor to her artwork - some bottles are named after the untouchable men of the Prohibition era, others have the ethanol formula on the label. In 2016, Giorgio Castellani of the Castellani family estates in Pontedera, Italy, received a commissioned painting from the artist. The painting was a representation of Bacchus and it was made with wine from Castellani.

"If Bacchus had ever had a color he could claim his own, surely it should be the tannin undertone on drunken lips, John Keat's 'purple stained mouth', or maybe even the sea. dangerously vinous of Homer.
- Victoria Finlay

Ms. Anastos' collection of wine bottle paintings is contemporary, figurative and bohemian in style. Most of the paintings in the Wine Bottle Collection are ready to hang, and they offer free shipping in the United States.

When asked to select two of her favorite works, she pointed to the Untouchables series and the Brut Flip Flop.

At the end of the film titled "The Untouchables", only Elliott Ness and George Stone remained standing. The painting titled “The Untouchables - Wallace and Malone Fell” (2016) represents this.

In its Flip Flop Brut (2016), the brand has the ethanol formula and it wanted to express the dichotomy of elegance usually accompanied by a bottle of champagne with the casual outfit rendered by flip flops.

The passion for creating unique paintings is the driving force behind his inspiration. She is a self-taught artist. She learned a long time ago to trust the teacher and to go into her inner world to look for painting ideas.

You can subscribe to the artist's monthly newsletter on www.ceciliaanastos.com. Follow the artist on Instagram @ceciliaanastosart; Twitter @AnastosCecilia and LinkedIn @ceciliaanastosart. She can be reached at cecilia@ceciliaanastos.com.


We would recommend either Wineworks Premium or Wineworks Superior as your first 30 Bottle Kit Wine. Both of these ranges are designed to produce a good quality wine that is ready to drink within 2-4 weeks but will benefit if left up to 6-8 weeks. Furthermore, they also have a great selection of wines to choose from.

If you’ve never made wine before or you simply don’t have any of the equipment or ingredients any longer then you could purchase one of our bundles. These bundles allie all the required equipment along with your prefered wine kit so that you can have everything delivered to your door and just get started. The Wineworks Superior Starter Bundles are a great choice if you want to keep the equipment budget down but still choose the quality of wine you’d like to go for. Whereas, the Wineworks Luxury Starter Bundles offer a better quality equipment pack and still let you choose from a great choice of wine packs.

The two most important aspects of making wine are Cleanliness and Temperature. Firstly remember everything that comes into contact with the wine should be cleaned and sterilised ( see below ). Secondly maintain a constant temperature between 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ). It is much better to be on the cool side and constant than hot one minute and cold the next. Airing cupboards are definitely no, no’s. ( See below )

Clean and sterilise all equipment. Here’s a selection of Sterilisers you can use and if you not quite sure which steriliser to go for then you can take a look at our Beginners Wine Making Part 1 - Cleaning, Sterlising

Wineworks Superior wines : These usually take 10-15 days to ferment, and a further week to clear. Again the wine can be drunk immediately but we recommend ageing it 4 weeks but you can leave it up to 12 months. The time you will leave it will depend very much on your stocks. So get plenty built up. The reds benefit more than the whites with ageing. Certain packs ( see the list below ) are suited more to the experienced wine maker and take around 4 weeks to ferment and then left for a further 2 weeks. These products does really benefit from ageing. All the kits we list in this section require little ageing.

As it’s new to you it will probably take in all 2 hours for your first batch. However, once you are used to it 1 hour is about the maximum amount of time needed. We would also point out bar the bottling side; it takes just as long to make 6 bottles as it does to make 30 bottles, so we strongly recommend you make the larger quantity. After all 6 bottles doesn’t go very far as we said before !

From our experience it is much better to maintain a constant temperature than a fluctuating one. We suggest 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ), although if it is cooler than this, it is not a problem, it just takes slightly longer to ferment. If you can’t maintain this then we supply three different forms of heating equipment : Brew Belt / Heat BeltThis is a simple insulated electric cable that wraps round your conteneur and provides a gentle heat. It is very flexible and extremely easy to use. Heat Tray ( 4 demi/5 Gallon Fermenter ) This is like a flat tray that provides a gentle continuous heat that goes under the fermenter. Immersion HeaterThis drops into the conteneur, through the bung and can be thermostatically controlled to maintain the exact temperature. Similar to a fish tank heater. All these can be added to our starter kit packages. See our video showing the types of heating equipment available for your fermentation.

It is important to clean

If you’ve made it this far, hopefully understanding a bit of what we’ve said, then you’ll want to know how much it will cost to get started ! As you may have noticed, we’ve put together a couple of equipment packs which include everything you need, and take the confusion out of buying. You can make your first 30 bottles of Wine for approximately £65. 00. That’s all in ( Equipment

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