If we define art by notions of craft, creativity, and expression, surfing may be the ultimate medium. From the shaping room to the water, the ideas expressed in surfing are natural and living in a way that few other art forms can be. This project came to be after a simple conversation with our surfing friend and talented photographer, Marco Arellano. Together, along with a few other friends, we decided to create a board inspired by our shared passions and, as Marco put it, “capture all the laughs, fuck-ups and satisfaction of the entire process.” The Art of Surfing gift set features a special-edition hardcover book and 6 unique bottles with photos of our beautiful board making its maiden voyage in a top-secret spot between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.
For this blend, Bertus starts with Tempranillo from Shake Ridge Ranch, a vineyard in the Sierra Foothills that straddles the ridgeline at 1,700 feet above sea level. Tempranillo is a Spanish varietal and Bertus loves its tannins and cherry flavors. To complement these characteristics, he adds a small lot of Sangiovese and Barbera, two lighter Italian varieties he feels will add additional brightness to our sun-kissed blend. One thing is for sure, Bertus got something very right with this one. Juicy aromas of cherries and cocoa make way for a smoothe ride across the palate and mouthwatering finish.
We owe a special debt of gratitude to Marco Arellano for inspiring this project and helping us make it happen. During the creation of this project, Marco made the gutsy decision to quit his nine to five gig and pursue surf photography full-time. In January of 2019, Marco bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii and set up camp on the North Shore of Oahu, a spot considered the Mecca of surfing.