Jordan celebrated its 40th anniversary in true Miami style earlier this month: Nearly 300 local tastemakers, wine lovers and art aficionados turned out in Miami for two days of celebration in honor of Jordan Vineyard & Winery’s birthday, reveling in rare vintage tastings and an inventive art competition event awarding $8,000 in cash to local artists.
We kicked off our national 40th birthday festivities with the 4 on 4 Miami Art Competition, part of a coast-to-coast, four-city initiative to marry the distinct flavors of metropolitan cities with the essence of Jordan wines and Sonoma wine country. The Bakehouse Art Complex hosted the South Florida call to entries, culminating in a one-night-only public exhibition and Jordan wine tasting presenting the top 25 pieces, a.k.a. 4 on 4 Top 25. The event took place March 29 with approximately 200 people in attendance – from Jordan and Bakehouse members to art aficionados, local tastemakers and the artists themselves. The panel of expert judges included Roxanne Vargas, co-anchor of NBC Miami’s “Live Miami;” Nina Johnson, director at Gallery Diet; Susanne Birbragher, associate publisher of ArtNexus; and Chef Michael Schwartz, proprietor of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. The anticipation was palpable as the judges handed in their top three choices.Soho Beach House, also held on April 2. More than 100 guests mingled as they sipped on Jordan wines, and indulged in delectable fare that fused Latin cuisine with California wine country ingredients from Jordan’s Executive Chef Todd Knoll. John Jordan and the Jordan staff greeted party-goers, which comprised media, esteemed clients and local movers-and-shakers. Guests even posed for photos “in wine country” via an interactive green screen photo booth by the bar. In addition, the winning artists were recognized again and displayed their works for party guests.
With so many inquiring about the purchase of art works displayed during the 4 on 4 Top 25, the Bakehouse Art Complex plans to auction off these pieces online. Details around the auction are forthcoming and funds will benefit the Bakehouse and the artists directly. For more information about the 4 on 4 Miami Art Competition, click here. For more information about the 4 on 4 Art Competition, click here.
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