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|Lundi 19 Avril 2010||14:50|
(Drinks Media Wire). Within the ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World in Santiago de Chile which gathered 51 candidates from all over the world, the Canadian sommelier Véronique Rivest, from restaurant Chelsea in the province of Quebec, won the Peter Lehmann Shiraz World Sommelier Award thanks to her performance through a theoretical questionnaire about shiraz, an essay and the blind tasting of a shiraz wine from Colomé, Argentina.
Just after she received her prize from Hans Astrom, President of Hess Family Estates in Europe, she said : “ It is definitely a great day for me. This Award is fantastic ! I have been dreaming of visiting Australia and the Barossa Valley for years… I love this beautiful piece of art... It is good to get cash… But you know
what ? I am so proud of following Gerard Basset’s footsteps with Peter Lehmann.
I admire him so much. His is simply the best ! Let me hope that I will also follow his track to the world title !”
In Santiago de Chile, on the 12th April 2010, the winner of the Peter Lehmann Shiraz World Sommelier Award at the 13th ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World, where she was a semi finalist, won a 10 000 euros check, an invitation for one week in the Barossa Valley and was also presented a piece of art by the Austrian artist Gustav Troger, an artist who sees himself as a nomad, as a spiritual tourist, living in Graz, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Vienna and other cities. With his art, Troger is reacting on what he experiences in life, what he is exploring. Sometimes the work is a manifestation of his philosophical thinking, sometimes it is a reaction on a given situation. Consequently, Gustav Troger is working in various artistic fields, sculpture, painting, photography, and performance.
His art has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe and the United States.
A representative group of Troger’s work belongs to the Hess Art Collection.
In 2007, in Rhodes, Greece, where it all started for Hess Family Estates and ASI – Association de la Sommellerie Internationale- the winner of the Peter Lehmann Shiraz Award was Gerard Basset from the United Kingdom. He had also been offered a 10 000 euros check, had spent a great week in Australia and had also been presented a piece of art from the Greek artist Nakis Panayotidis who exposes his art-works internationally in galleries and museums. The Hess Art Collection owns an important group of his art-works from different periods.
Nakis Panayotidis had created a special art work for the winner of the sommelier contest. With it’s inscriptions in lead, it is related to nature and therefore indirectly to the world of enjoyment of the wine.
The prize is a strong financial support and help for the sommeliers candidates to continue their quest for more knowledge about Shiraz, its history, wines and producers around the world. However, as wine is a form of art we like to link, introduce the sommeliers to the World of Art.
HESS ART COLLECTION, BERN
The Swiss businessman and wine-producer Donald M. Hess discovered his interest in art forty years ago. He started acquiring artworks from contemporary artists from all around the world and made his collection public in the private museums of the Hess Art Collection in Napa, USA and Glen Carlou, South Africa. By the end of 2007 the third museum in the Calchaqui Valley, Argentina was established.
Donald M. Hess started collecting contemporary art when he was in his thirties. Struck by the intensity of paintings and sculptures and curious about the hidden forces of art-making, he began to explore the international world of art. When an artwork aroused his interest he wanted to see more works by the same artist. He also liked to get acquainted with the artist, visit his or her studio and find out about the power that makes the artist create the works. Many of these contacts evolved into lifelong friendships.
As a collector, Donald M. Hess has been interested to observe the turns and different phases of an artist throughout the artistic development and to collect his or her art in depth. The criteria of the selection for the artworks he embodied in his collection have always been very personal: he bought what deeply touched him. He followed his own taste, trusted his feel for high class and learned to school his eyes for quality. Accordingly, the Hess Art Collection became a very personal reflection of the art-journey of a single person. This makes his collection unique in its character as well as in its range of artists. Donald started collecting some world-famous artists before hardly anybody had heard of them.
Today, the Hess Art Collection consists of around 1000 pieces of art from 60 artists. Some of the artists, like Franz Gertsch, Andy Goldsworthy, Lynn Hershman and Georg Baselitz, have been given a special importance. Donald M. Hess deeply adores their creative strength, the charisma of their art and the unconditional perseverance the artists demonstrated by following their paths notwithstanding the obstacles they had to face. But asked for his favourite artist in the collection he answers: "It is like asking a mother with five children which one she loves most. I answer like her: it is the artist who has difficulties with himself or with his art which I will worry most about."
In addition to collecting art, Donald M. Hess also feels that it is his responsibility to share the art with the public. This was the reason to open the Hess Collection Museum in Napa, California in 1989. The second museum was inaugurated last year and there will be soon a third one, built in the north-western mountains of Argentina. The museums are connected to the wineries of the Hess Family Estates of which Donald M. Hess was the founder. They offer free entrance and tours on appointment. According to Donald’s vision there will be, one day, a fourth museum in the Barossa Valley of Australia.
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