Napa Valley’s Cliff Lede Vineyards Hosts a Retrospective of Grateful Dead Art

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    “European Tour ‘78” by Alton Kelley, 1978 Courtesy of Haight Street Art Center
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    “AOXOMOXOA” by Rick Griffin, 1969 Courtesy of Haight Street Art Center
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    “Blue Rose” by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, 1978 Courtesy of Haight Street Art Center
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    “Shrine Auditorium” by Rick Griffin, 1968 Courtesy of Haight Street Art Center
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    From left: “Mardi Gras ‘95” by Troy Alders, 1995; “Summer and Fall Tours ‘95” by Michael Everett, 1995; “Spring Tour ‘95”, by Alton Kelley, 1995. Courtesy of Haight Street Art Center
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Fans of the famous counterculture jam band the Grateful Dead should make the pilgrimage to Napa Valley’s Cliff Lede Vineyards: The Yountville winery’s Backstage reserve tasting lounge is serving as gallery for Out of the Attic: A Grateful Dead Retrospective. The exhibit showcases a selection of the band’s poster art and prints (available for purchase) from artists including Wes Wilson, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelly, and Stanley Mouse, curated by the Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco. Running through mid-July, the display dovetails with the 50th anniversary of the band and its Fare Thee Well performances this summer in Chicago and San Francisco featuring the original members (excluding, of course, the late Jerry Garcia).

Drawing from 60 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, the winery’s proprietor (and namesake) Cliff Lede and his winemaker, Christopher Tynan, craft distinctive wines from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot varietals. A $50 by-reservation wine tasting grants access to the Backstage lounge, where guests can sip five selections from Cliff Lede Vineyards and its sister label FEL, including limited releases, some of which may come from the Touch of Grey vineyard block—named after one of Lede’s favorite Grateful Dead songs. (cliffledevineyards.com)

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