SoHo House members were invited to Mana Contemporary to experience a one-of-a-kind panel discussion followed by a guided wine tasting that featured the top natural winemakers of Italy.
The afternoon started with a walk-through in Mana’s 50,000-square-foot Glass Gallery of the exhibition Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself. Guests mingled while sipping prosecco, viewing the Octavio Zaya-curated exhibition of over 30 international artists. Monika Bravo and Aleksandar Duravcevic, both artists with works exhibited in the show, joined the group for informal discussions about their artwork. Bravo and Duravcevic had recently returned from representing their countries of Colombia and Montenegro, respectively, at the Venice Biennale.
After a lively panel discussion, Mana Wine presented a curated wine tasting that highlighted the minimal human interventionist wineries of Bressan, Bea and C.O.S. Immediately conversation was ignited by the dark color of Bressan’s 2006-blended white of Tocai Friulano, Malvasia and Ribolla Gialla from Fruili. Next in line was Paulo Bea’s Santa Chiara 2007 from the small medieval town of Montefalco. It’s clear that Bea is not running a business as much as pursuing an art form. Santa Chiara is an equal blend of Grechetto, Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Garganega. Continuing with Bea, we explored the Rosso de Veo 2006 comprised of 100% Sagrantino. The Sagrantino grape almost fell into extinction but with the help of great producers like Bea, it’s now considered a major player in the wine world. With only 250 acres of Sagrantino in production, it’s a prized DOCG. We concluded with C.O.S. Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012 a blend of 60% Frappato and 40% Nero d’Avola from Sicily. In 2005, the region was elevated to DOCG status mainly because of C.O.S’s efforts. They were the first to bring biodynamic and natural winemaking to southern Italy.
After the wine tasting, visitors enjoyed assorted cheese and charcuterie while they explored the artwork of Mana Contemporary founder and director, Eugene Lemay and Sculpturist Carole Feuerman.
At Mana, we like to keep the atmosphere intimate and discussion lively. The goal is provocative, guided conversation, followed by a wine tasting that has been thoughtfully curated to the event.