Wine Art – A match made in the bottle

At The Wine Rack

with Christopher Reckord

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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This past weekend, the inaugural Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival took place on the JDF training grounds at Newcastle. This event is one of the many initiatives created by the Ministry of Tourism through its Tourism Linkages Network in order to strengthen ties between tourism and other sectors in the Jamaican economy.

Over 30 exhibitors had coffee, food, art and craft products and services on offer for the hundreds of patrons who took the comfortable 45-minute bus ride from the parking lot at the University of Technology (UTech) to support the event. As I slowly paced up and down tasting many coffee-based drink and food products, I came upon a display of fine art that caused me to stop and take notice. Amongst other images, fine artist Toraine Campbell of TC Tender Touch Fine Art had his Wine Series on display.

With my cup of Deaf Can-made cappuccino in hand, I engaged the artist about his works. Here are some highlights of our discussion:

Christopher Reckord (CR): What inspired your Wine Series?

Toraine Campbell (TC): My Wine Series was inspired by the amazing colour, smell and rich taste of wine. As an artist, I love to see the different blends and the fluid transition from the pouring from the bottle to the settlement in the glass. Not to mention the amazing benefits of red wine.

CR: What was your first piece?

TC: My first piece was titled Just a Tot.

CR: Are you a long-time/regular wine drinker or newbie?

TC: I consider myself a newbie to the world of wine but am loving and exploring every chance I get to savour the taste of different wines.

CR: What is your preferred style of wine?

TC: My favourite style of wine would have to be medium-bodied red wines like Merlot and Barbera.

CR: You had your work on display at the coffee festival. Are you a coffee drinker? And is a coffee series coming soon?

TC: Wine and coffee are a perfect match for art, especially with some amazing music! Yes, I am a coffee drinker. From I was a child I have been engaged in the entire process of coffee making, from the planting to the brewing. As for the coffee series soon, definitely something to think about. However, I have done coffee- related paintings before from the coffee beans to the old, wooden mortar.

CR: Which wine country have you visited? If not, where would you like to visit?

TC: I have only visited the United States of America, which is ranked in the top four wine countries in the world. I would definitely want to visit France, which is ranked number one, and the amazing art museums there also.

CR: What's your take on the local wine scene?

TC: We definitely need to have some more amazing wines that are out there in the world.

Christopher Reckord – Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram@chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord

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