The exhibition is a compilation of work over the past three years. As the chef and owner of Romano's Restaurant, I have rejected screw caps from my wine list for many reasons, but would have rejected them solely on the traditional ceremony and romance involved with opening a fine bottle of wine. This ritual is a very big part of what I refer to as the "Theater of Fine Dining." In regards to the occasional tainted "corked" bottle of wine? So what! For the twenty one years I've owned the restaurant, I have encountered an extremely low percentage of "corked" wine. "Corked" wines are not necessarily due to a faulty cork. In most cases it is the wine before it is even bottled. It can be due to improper storage, high temperatures, too much travel, etc. I can assure you there has never nor will ever be a screw cap wine on the Romano's wine list.
is responsible for harvesting 95% of cork used worldwide.
cork industry has employed thousands of people for hundreds of
trees are 100% sustainable.
trees are 100% renewable.
is 100% recyclable.
trees can exceed over 250 years of life.
forests offset over 10 million tons of carbon annually.
Cork allows wine to age and breathe properly.
natural oils and lanolin that give subtle and unique flavor
characteristics to each bottle of wine during the aging process.
A cork tree that is
harvested absorbs 10 times the carbon than an unharvested one.
Cork forests are now endangered because the industrial screw cap industry is becoming more profitable than cork.
The industrial factories that produce screw caps are the same factories that the cork forests are protecting us from.
Facts from Hugo Guimarães - General Manager - Pinalta Winery - Douro, Portugal For more information visit: www.savemiguel.com
The artist must raise the cup of his vision
aloft to the gods in the high hope that they will pour into it the sweet
mellow wine of inspiration. (Paul Brunton) “No Screw Caps!” asserts Tony Romano’s deep passion for art and
wine. Throughout history both art and wine have played a significant
role in the development of human culture. Inspired by global attention
between the intersections of nature, art, and society; Tony thoughtfully
pays homage to the culture, ritual, and romance of the wine cork. “No Screw Caps!”
is awash with bold colors and lush texture, while subtly drawing
attention to social and environmental concerns affecting the wine cork
industry. His oil paintings and encaustic mixed media works are
assertive, expressive, and playful. “No Screw Caps!” political thrust is
not over done, it is sly. It provokes thought and instigates dialogue
artfully. This compilation of work is a testament of Tony’s fervor for
the dramatic and his ability to incite emotion. Priscilla L. HintzARTfusion Magazine