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Dadaism and Surrealism

Q & A with owner Jeff Segal about art, wine, and retail
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Art seems to have been part of your life / a value of yours for a longtime. Could you briefly touch on its role in opening Domestique, if any? 
I've been "into" art and "into" wine (at least, they've always taken up space along the sidelines of my existence). But I don't think that I actually thought of them together (specifically, that art started to frame wine for me) until I became obsessed with natural wine. The expression and abstraction in natural wine made me consider wine in a more aesthetic light than I ever had before. And since then, I can't think of wine outside of art. I couldn't have opened Domestique without considering art as part of the process, because wine and art now live together in the same part of my brain.
In the art world, there are waves of 'taste' or movements in aesthetics... do you think the same could be said for wine? Where are we now?
The wine world definitely goes through waves of taste, just like the art world. I'd say right now we're somewhere in between Dadaism and Surrealism. I'm hoping we can speed up this part a bit and just arrive at Pop Art already.
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The last landscape you saw that amazed you? 
I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to landscapes. I think the world is full of shockingly beautiful places. I've been thinking about the mountains a lot recently. Colorado in the spring is fucking magical. But I often just find myself amazed looking out of my third-story bedroom window at Washington DC and all of its trees and beautiful row homes. 
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Is a winemaker an artist, artisan, or maker....does it even matter? 
Good winemakers are many things: farmers, tractor mechanics, janitors, and, yes, artists. 
photo by: Naoko Wowsugi 
drawing by: Nat Segal