A winery experimenting with aging wine in the ocean unveiled a mural Tuesday at the site of its planned education center and tasting room in downtown Charleston.
Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., plans to open the center this fall in the historic district.
"Renoir Redux: Exceptional Pairings," by David Boatwright, covers the west side of the building at 68½ Queen St.
The mural is a take on Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" and features likenesses of 14 members of the Charleston food scene.
Among them are Craig Deihl, executive chef, Cypress; Sara Clow, general manager of GrowFood Carolina; Charlotte Jenkins; chef and owner of Gullah Cuisine; and Robert Stehling, chef and owner of Hominy Grill.
Many of the foodies depicted are James Beard award winners and proprietors and chefs of some Charleston's most popular restaurants.
Boatwright's murals are featured throughout the Lowcountry, with many painted in well-known eateries like Taco Boy, Hominy Grill and Palmetto Brewery.
The Mira winery has been aging wine in Charleston harbor and studying the results to get a better idea of what effects that type of aging has on wine.
The education center this fall will provide visitors a look at the winemaking process. There will be tastings by appointment only for Mira wine club members as required by state law.
Mira is owned by Charleston resident Jim Dyke.
Dyke said he got the idea for aging the wine in the harbor after reading about some wine and champagne that proved to be tasty after it was salvaged from a shipwreck.
While some European wineries have experimented with aging their bottles underwater, he said he thinks it's the first such experiment in the United States.
To see a time lapse video of the mural's creation, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/ MiraWinery.
Mural key: 1)Craig Deihl, Cypress 2)Sara Clow, GrowFood Carolina 3)Charlotte Jenkins, Gullah Cuisine 4)Robert Stehling, Hominy Grill 5)Matt Lee, author and journalist 6)Nathalie Dupree; chef, author and TV host 7)Karalee Nielsen Fallert Raval, Taco Boy 8)Victor “Goat” Lafayette, oysterman and shrimper, Bowens Island 9)Matthew Niessner, Halls Chophouse 10)Mike Lata, FIG Restaurant, The Ordinary 11)Frank Lee, The Maverick Southern Kitchen’s Slightly North of Broad restaurant 12)Frank McMahon; Hanks and Brasserie GiGi 13)Mickey Bakst, Charleston Grill 14)Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill×
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