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Wine Wednesday: At Hillsborough, wine and art pair well

Examples of the forthcoming wine labels at Hillsborough Vineyards. The labels are paintings from Hillsborough matriarch Zeynep Baki.

Artists may typically imagine their work hanging in a chic gallery or on the walls of an adoring collector, but the Baki family, operators of Hillsborough Vineyards, will soon offer local art on a new slate: the labels of their luscious wines.

To celebrate the Purcellville winery's 10-year anniversary this fall, Hillsborough is launching a new collector's edition line of wine bottles featuring artwork from Hillsborough matriarch Zeynep Baki, whose elegant labels will – pending final approval from regulators – include a view of the family estate and two female portraits. Zeynep's images will adorn bottles of two of Hillsborough's intriguing rosés in the fall -- a crisp white merlot and the robust Ruby’s Blush, a punchy-fruit blend.

Like so many Loudoun wineries, Hillsborough is a family affair. Zeynep's husband, Bora, launched Hillsborough a decade ago, their son, Kerem, is the winemaker and his wife, Asli, manages events and the tasting room.

For the Bakis, art has long-been an inescapable element, says Asli. Comforting design is a key component of the charming tasting room and patio that overlooks the magnificent Loudoun Valley. “The whole feel of the tasting room was really created by Zeynep,” Asli Baki said. “She's been very involved with the local art community over the years.”

Trained in her native Turkey, Zeynep has created works for private collections in Amsterdam, Turkey and the U.S.

Those hoping to learn more about Hillsborough's collector's edition series and the winery's offerings have a top-notch chance to do so Sunday at a vertical tasting for the popular Bloodstone, a sharp fer servadou-based red wine. Bloodstone is doubtlessly one of my Loudoun favorites year after year, and vertical tastings provide sippers an opportunity to taste through the same wine from a number of different vintages. (If it weren't NFL opening weekend, you'd no doubt see me gulping at the Bloodstone vertical.)

Those who do attend will be able to take in works from other local artists beyond Zeynep, as well.

“We're always doing whatever we can to showcase local art and promote the community,” Asli Baki said, adding that the winery hopes to feature other local artists on future labels.

Featuring news on the Loudoun County wine industry, the Times-Mirror's award-winning “Wine Wednesday” appears the first Wednesday of each month. Contact the writer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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