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Wine Label with a Story: Artist Marcus Thomas Paints by Mouth

Written By Marissa Jamison

Posted 05/01/13

Updated 05/01/13

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The stunning artwork gracing the label of Biltmore’s 2013 spring seasonal wine is the work of gifted artist Marcus Thomas of Weaverville, NC. His interpretation of Biltmore during spring has been turning so many heads that we have invited Marcus to Biltmore Winery for a public meet & greet and label signing.

What:  Taste Biltmore’s Rosé of Pinot Grigio and meet painter Marcus Thomas; Artist will autograph wine bottles bearing his artwork

When:  Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Biltmore Winery

Inspirational Artist Trimphs Over Adversity

In addition to the talent evident in Marcus’s artistry, he has an extraordinary personal story. Marcus is quadriplegic, paralyzed below the neck, and uses his mouth to paint incredible works of art.

Marcus survived a skiing accident when he was 26 which left him paralyzed from the neck down. As a recreation major in college and an athlete, his life dramatically changed course in an instant. As he was learning to negotiate his new life as a quadriplegic six months into recovery, Marcus picked up a paintbrush and started to create art. Twenty-five years later, he continues his beautiful work.

This is the second stunning wine label design Marcus has created for Biltmore Wines. Check out ‘Biltmore Winter,’ the people’s choice in our annual wine label design contest and the design graced the 2012 Christmas at Biltmore Wine.

Learn more about Marcus at MarcusThomasArtist.com.


The Painter's Spring Vision

In regard to his design, Marcus stated:

“The tulips are definitely the stars of the design. I wanted the flowers to be elevated in the landscape, reigning above the house, creating good depth and inviting the eye to journey within the painting towards the magic of the estate, and beyond to the mountains and spring sky. Flower power prevails!”

Watch the progression of Marcus’s wine label design, “Biltmore in Bloom.”

Where to Get Biltmore's Spring Seasonal Wine

Each year, Biltmore makes a limited-edition semi-sweet rosé wine in honor of spring at Biltmore. Breaking free from tradition this year, we crafted a Rosé of Pinot Grigio. Though Pinot Grigio is usually a white wine, the grape skins actually have a pink–purple hue that can be imparted during pressing.

Look for the wine for sale in stores in select locations, as well as online. The spring seasonal is also available to taste and purchase at Biltmore Winery while supplies last. Don’t forget to join us for a tasting and label signing at Biltmore Winery Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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