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Edition of 1896 of which 150 copies are signed 1-150, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs; 15 are signed as dedication copies, and three sets are signed as progressives.

August 12, 1996

14-7/8" x 24" 10 colors

Client: Domaine Chandon, 1 California Drive, Yountville CA 94599 Telephone (707) 944-2280 FAX 1-707-944-1123

Model: Sophie Maureen Aissen Goines

1-150: Galerie Louvre A-Z: Artist's own use Progressives: One set to Richard Miami, one set to Domaine Chandon, one set to Galerie Louvre. (Graphis Poster Annual 1998)

Dedication copies: Zach Berkowitz, Carol Colesworthy, Mario Daniele, Dawnine Dyer, Ed Farver, Sophie Maureen Aissen Goines, Susanna Groom, Ed Hamler, Joy Henderson, Philippe Jeanty, Heather McCoy, Richard Miami, William Newlands, Lisa Patton, Kitti Stewart.

My little grape is off in La Belle France, plumping herself with food and wine and ecstatic light. Her skin shiny tight, ready to burst. Harvest is on her mind, the fruit yearning for the press. Aching for transformation from juice so sweet it hurts your teeth, breathlessly anticipating the joyful yeasty pirouette. Bubbles rushing through heady overpowering fermentation perfume. Yesterday she was on the vine, soaking up days. Tomorrow she will be new wine, sleepy with promise. What will she become? Not a deep, brooding red, thick and musky. Not a delicate white. Maybe a sun-stored golden Sauterne-she could go that way. Perhaps a pixie-bright Gewürztraminer, supple and spicy. An impish champagne, thrilling with effervescence? Right now most signs point to a Blanc de Noirs, gamin-sparkling with rose blush, but packing quite a kick. She'll improve with time, that's for sure.