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Where Art and Wine Converge 

Olga Patland grew up with a great love of art. In her early days, she spent many hours drawing and sketching. As she got older, her interest also matured and she found herself spending her time wandering museums. Today, she spends much of her free time painting at home. 
 
This passion for art was something that Olga passed down to her first son, Michael. He fondly remembers coming home from Elementary School to find his mother had prepared new art projects for him to do--his favorite being the construction-paper apple tree that adorned his bedroom door growing up. Fascinated with the subject from such an early age, Michael threw himself into the world of art. He learned from the most talented people he could find--the painter Lionel Douge who he met in Lake Tahoe, the sculptor Jaap Bongers who taught him in high school, and many others. 
 
Among those teachers, if not the first of those teachers, was Dzemal Emric. A Croation artist born in 1958, he too spent his childhood observing the artists of his hometown. He spent hours watching how they manipulated brushes to achieve different strokes, or how they'd mix colors to get just the right tone. He fell in love with the scent of pallete and canvas. 
 
As Michael reached adulthood, he discovered a new passion in life--wine! While he enjoyed the culture and science behind the vinicultural world, perhaps the most faschinating aspect for him was all the parallels he could draw between wine and his ideas about art. He saw the patience necessary to create both. He understood how both were the embodiment of nature and man. He experienced how both were equally open to interpretation. 
 
It was that thought, the idea that both art and wine were open to interpretation, that guided Michael's decision in using Dzemal's work for the Patland Estate Vineyards wine label. Both art and wine could be described, of course, but the experience is subjective. It's easy enough to distinguish the colors in a painting or the smells of a Merlot, but everyone feels differently looking at a painting, and we all have different opinions about the wines we taste. For that reason, it was important to Michael that the paintings used be abstract. There could be no question that they were open to interpretation. 
 
That is the symmetry between art and wine that Patland stands for.