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What Makes You Dance?

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Marc Foster | Artist & Designer

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Marc Foster, a talented local artist and designer who is driven by the process and beauty of art and design. Marc was honored as the 2018 Visual Artist of the Year from the Sacramento Region Arts & Business Council. His many projects include collaborations with the IceBlocks in Midtown Sacramento, custom pieces for Wildwood Restaurant, and the floor to ceiling wine cabinets at our Tasting Room.

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What Makes You Dance?

“Design- all of it.”

Whether I’m working in my own studio or traveling the world with family and friends, the experience of interacting with exceptional, inimitable design makes me come to life. There is something so viscerally engaging, and often inspiring to me, in the play of dramatic lines, astounding environments and stimulating art forms coming together.

In my personal life, I find incredible moments of bliss free-diving in warm oceans, flying over gorgeous vistas, and generally traveling the planet as student of the natural phenomena of design that is the everyday. Coupled with the magnificence of designers and artists that create images and objects that silence me in awe and excitement, I am regularly “dancing” from my design interactions. At least that’s the goal.

Professionally, I am a self proclaimed “serial prototyper”...finding giddy, childlike moments in tinkering with fresh design, new ideas and even the big mistakes that often become next my big successes. It’s the challenge of working through the potential of a design where I feel alive and emotionally engaged in the process from start to finish.

The moments of inspiration for creating distinctive design are as simple as a comment or conversation with one of my children, to the wonder of walking the streets of México City and being imprinted with history and future in a single boulevard. I take all those moments and play with them over and over again.

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Marc at the installation of Le Feuille, a stainless steel sculpture at the entrance to McKinley Village in Sacramento.

Marc at the installation of Le Feuille, a stainless steel sculpture at the entrance to McKinley Village in Sacramento.

Bay Miry | VP of Development

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Bay Miry, a talented local developer who is driven to bring value to the community. While only in his thirties, he already has accomplished much with successful historic rehab projects including 14th & R block anchored by The Shady Lady Saloon and Maydestone Apartments (15th & J) plus Powerhouse on 16th & P, a Platinum LEED Certified mixed use space. His visionary project on the 700 block of K Street has been ten years in the making and will house the future Tasting Room of Bailarín Cellars alongside many other local businesses and residents.

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What Makes You Dance?

"Building Community"

I’ve always been passionately drawn to trying to make sense of the world and what our purpose is while we are here. Through the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that contributing as much as possible to the improvement of the circle of people around me, and of those around them, is what makes the most sense to exert my energy towards. Creating a strong sense of community, as best I can, naturally feels like the most appropriate use of my time and focus.

So given that context, I discovered an incredibly rewarding feeling from contributing to neighborhoods through the creation of places for people to live, work, and play. This rewarding feeling especially resonates with me for development projects specifically within an urban environment where there is the greatest frequency of “human collisions” and interactions. 

So things like having a small hand in the opening of a quality housing project, neighborhood cafe, popular locally owned restaurant, or simply bringing people together for a special event in a public park, provide me with a sense of satisfaction and purpose. The strong sense of community and empathy that’s created across a wide demographic of people from these kinds of projects really fuels me to want to continue working on even more. 

I am excited to continue growing, learning, and contributing. I can’t think of a better thing to passionately focus on other than instilling as much of a positive impact on my surrounding community as possible in the time that I am on this planet. 

Bay Miry, second from right, with his parents and wife Katherine at the 700 block K Street groundbreaking event.

Bay Miry, second from right, with his parents and wife Katherine at the 700 block K Street groundbreaking event.

Photo courtesy of  The Sacramento Bee .

Photo courtesy of The Sacramento Bee.

William Weese | Winemaker

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these "dancers" in our hero feature and learn from their words of wisdom.
This month we celebrate our Winemaker, Will Weese, whose love for his craft started early and goes well past production. We are fortunate to work with such a talent who also happens to be a great guy.
Will enjoying the view out near Manchester Ridge Vineyard.

Will enjoying the view out near Manchester Ridge Vineyard.

WHAT MAKES YOU DANCE?

“Finding the hidden beauty in life.”

Growing up in Sonoma County all my life I was surrounded by families that were in the Wine industry.  Watching, learning and practicing; I fell in love with the lifestyle that wine entails. It’s not about drinking, it’s about the company you share it with. The food you consume with it, the relaxation you feel while sipping a glass, that takes away your everyday stress.

I decided at an early age that I wanted to make wine. I set out on an adventure to see the world of wine and learn about the cultures that each wine reflects. My journey took me over seas to working harvest in New Zealand, France, and Chile, along with working harvests here in Napa and Sonoma county. I wanted to encompass both old world and new world styles in creating an identity of my own.  To help shape me as a winemaker.  But the hidden beauty for me was to find that wine is universal, we all create wines to help reflect a culture or to produce a wine that fits the wants and needs of the people that surround it.

I get excited to see how an individual has put their own personal touch on creating something that he/she wants you to see through their eyes.  To portray a place, a pin point on a map, a vineyard that lives in a different microclimate than the vineyard across the street. The sun, the soil, the wind, the fog, all different from place to place. Hillside verses valley, what root structure and trellising is chosen. So many variables that can change the outcome everyday. As a winemaker, I feel responsible to try and put all these hidden beauties inside a bottle, To pay tribute to the land that the vines call home. Not to take away any of it but to enhance each nuance, so that everyone can enjoy, what I get to experience while creating each and every wine.

Beyond that, it’s about the hidden beauty that is discovered in opening each bottle of wine. The sound a cork makes with the anticipation to see what lies inside. I love when others enjoy my wine and experience the hidden beauty for themselves.  Whether with an old friend or family during the holidays. Or maybe just sitting down on the couch and taking a deep breath to calm down from the crazy busy life that we live. When I get a message or a photo from friends telling me they are enjoying my wine, it puts a smile on my face to know I have helped them find a moment of beauty too.  

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