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Local artist selected for Grand View Lodge wine labels

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Grand View Lodge’s Winter Culinary and Wine Experience weekend, sponsored by Minnesota Monthly Magazine in early February, had more than 100 vintages, culinary classes and wine seminars, a soup challenge, annual art walk and special guests, Robert Sinskey and Food Network’s Amy Thielen.

The weekend kicked off with the Robert Sinskey Vineyards Wine Dinner with special guest host Robert Sinskey. The event showcased several culinary classes and wine seminars including sushi and sake, cheese varieties, oils and vinegars, along with several chef and wine demos.

Participants tasted more than 100 of the finest wines from 20 vendors and variety of culinary flavors delicately prepared by Grand View chefs during the de’Vine Grand Tasting.

Participants were also able to sample 10 distinctively different soups and vote for their favorite during the soup challenge. Taking second place was the curried chicken wild rice soup created by Grand View Lodge breakfast chef Steve Wacholz. The first-place soup was the bourbon short rib created by Grand View Lodge banquet chef Shawn Lowman.

The de’Vine Artwalk followed the Grand Tasting and gave participants a first-hand opportunity to vote their favorite canvas from the top 10 submitted. The final artwork chosen was from local artist, Maralee Gazelka.

Gazelka’s “Moonlight Reflections” was chosen for the 2014 chardonnay vintage label and was inspired by a photo she took from a friend’s home on Gull Lake off Hunter’s Point, while the “Restful Moments” will be featured on the 2014 cabernet sauvignon vintage, which was inspired during a quiet, peaceful walk on a beautiful fall day with her husband, Paul.

Gazelka will have her artwork featured on both vintages. She will also receive one case of each wine, a $200 gift card to Grand View Lodge and a certificate noting her creation and achievement.

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