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Mira Winery Unveils New Charleston Landmark, Destination
7/6/2014 11:39:43 AM

A distinctively Charleston landmark was unveiled this week, an 18 by 29 foot mural marking the location of a future destination for wine lovers - Mira Winery's Napa Valley Education Center and Tasting Room. The Education Center, the first of its kind, will bring the world-renowned Napa Valley, California experience to Charleston. When it opens this fall, the Center will take visitors through the winemaking process, from bud to bottle, and provide a better understanding of the geo-environment of one of the premier grape growing regions in the world - the Napa Valley.

"The mural, which some have referred to as Charleston's version of Mt. Rushmore, celebrates the relationship between food and wine and recognizes some of the people who helped establish Charleston's culinary scene, but it is dedicated to all those who make Charleston a culinary destination," said Mira President and Co-founder Jim "Bear" Dyke, Jr. "Charleston and Napa Valley are a perfect pairing."

The mural on the west side wall of the Education Center was just completed by famed artist David Boatwright and has been named "Renoir Redux: Exceptional Pairings." It is a Charlestonized version of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" which pairs the historic painting with the likenesses of 14 members of the Charleston food scene:
Mickey Bakst, General Manager, Charleston Grill
Sara Clow, General Manager, GrowFood Carolina
Nathalie Dupree, Chef, Author, TV Host
Craig Deihl, Executive Chef, Cypress
Charlotte Jenkins, Chef & Owner, Gullah Cuisine
Victor Lafayette, Oysterman and Shrimper at Bowens Island
Karalee Nielsen Fallert, Chef & Owner
Matthew Niessner, Executive Chef, Halls Chophouse
Mike Lata, Owner of FIG Restaurant and The Ordinary
Frank Lee, Vice President of Culinary Operations for Maverick
Matt Lee, Author & Journalist, The Lee Bros.
Frank McMahon, Executive Chef, Hanks & Brasserie GiGi
Robert Stehling, Chef & Owner, Hominy Grill
Michelle Weaver, Executive Chef, Charleston Grill

Those depicted were chosen as part of a collaboration between Boatwright and Dyke and serve as a symbol for all those who have helped establish Charleston's food scene.
"When we founded Mira, we committed to making exceptional wine and to innovation that would challenge the industry and enhance our ability to connect with consumers. The Education Center in Charleston is a very important element in fulfilling that commitment," said Mira Winemaker and Co-founder Gustavo Gonzalez.

A South Carolina native, Boatwright's iconic murals add beauty to more than 20 restaurants and other spaces throughout the Lowcountry. "Exceptional Pairings" is Boatwright's first time re-interpreting a classic painting. "The challenge of this piece is keeping the balance between the feel of the original and creating a fresh work that speaks to our time and our place. Every face and detail is different yet it still should recall the good life represented by that epoch," Boatwright said.

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