Chaim and Elisheva Gur-Arieh, who for the past six years have been making wine at their C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery near Mt. Aukum in El Dorado County, have bought Kelson Creek Vineyards - originally Sonora Winery & Port Works - in Amador County's Shenandoah Winery and are making it over in their own artistic style.
Their "grand opening" of the new facility won't be until the weekend of July 21-22, but this weekend they are having a "soft opening," the highlight of which, aside from their wines, will be the presence of two Bay Area artists to dress up the winery.
Elisheva Gur-Arieh, herself an artist, has commissioned artists Betty Jo Costanzo and Jennifer LaPierre to collaborate on a series of naturalistic murals on buildings at the site. They are expected to work on the murals in the morning, knocking off as the temperature intensifies. The tasting room will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.
The new branch of C.G. Di Arie is at 19919 Shenandoah School Road just east of Plymouth.