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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 29, 2014 Page 9 by ,Jlngela Cornacchio The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum located in Boston's Fenway area is home to some of the most historical artifacts, yet has so much life seen here in the center garden. Socially Scene Reviewed ... This past week Socially Scene was on site at one of the most famous art gal- leries right here in Boston, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Last week's column started off by giving a historical pre- view to this magnificent landmark, and words just aren't enough to describe the beauty within. When you first arrive at the gallery it looks quite modern from the entrance with its large glass windows, full ser- vice ticket counter and well stocked gift shop. It is all just a teaser to the long hallway you are steered to enter, where your ticket is taken. If you look up directly in front of you is the site of a four floor castle that takes you in right then and there. Before you are allotted to make the trip through the "corridor to pal- ace" (which helps preserve the art within the walls) rou are given one very (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) simple and strict rule. No photography of any kind! As press. I was allowed a photo of the amazing garden shown. For those that read last week's column, you are aware of the historical art heist. Everyone else has a little googling to do. The museum caretakers are very pride- ful of their jobs and would never want any of this awe- inspiring art to be jeopardized. However, the main reason is that the flash can actually do damage to the pieces over time. When you actually enter the enchanting world of Isabella Gardner you come right into a lush courtyard blooming with life. You are neither able to touch nor enter the center square. You become aware very quickly that this will be advised through most of your jour- ney. Anyone who appreciates the ages of the art would understand. Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 The first floor is filled with Spanish and old world Roman pieces. There is an actual tomb displayed on how knights were placed with memorabilia and religious artifacts when they passed on. On a far wall, a life size painting by John Singer Sargent "El Jaleo" seemed to catch many eyes as ff to bring you into the crowd within the piece. The second floor is deco- rated with early Italian works and one specific of Isabella herself in Venice by Andres Zorn. There was art every- where even within the lace that layered the walls. Eye.r- where: the drapes, the ceil- ing, vanities with accessories from the 1800's, couches, and areas that were for Isabella to haggle with art dealers. The third floor was over- whelming. A vibe that almost couldn't be understood as it was brimming with artifacts from so long ago. A lengthy hallway that began with a case and blanket folded over it to peek for just a minute (due to light), inside ,had a letter written by George Washington himself. As you near the end of the hall, you become surrounded by French stained glass win- dows, pews and religious items from Soissons Cathe- dral. In the very last room to visit in the house of Gardner, is the Gothic Room where you will find one of the most con- troversial pieces, John Singer Sargents' painted portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner. This brief review cannot do justice to what breathtak- ing art work lies within the walls of the House of Gardner. Every single comer has some sort of timeless piece per- fectly placed by Isabella her- self, with tales of her journeys all over the world. The story behind Isabella herself is one to read in full and follow with a must make trip to the mu- seum to see what a life she led. Visit the website at to stay up to date with museum events. Newport R.I. Wine & Food Festival ... Seminars will be offered each day of the Festi- val, taking place from Friday, September 19 th through Sun- day, September 21 t. Friday seminars will be presented at the Hyatt Regency Newport. New this year, the Saturday and Sunday seminars will be presented inside the elegant Chinese Tea House on the grounds of Marble House, eliminating the need to travel i DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 The Newport Mansions Wine September 19 th through the back and forth to the Grand Tastings. The much anticipated New- port Mansions Wine & Food Festival has announced its official seminar lineup, offer- ing guests the chance to experience some of the great- est wines from all over the world without leaving New- port. From tasting and buying wine to pairing the perfect cheese, the seminars at this year's Festival will cater to all. In addition to the variety of seminars, the Newport Man- sions Wine & Food Festival weekend will include Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday featuring hundreds of wines, a Wine & Rosecliff Gala, a Collectible Wine Din- ner, an exclusive Sunday brunch, and many celebrated speakers and chefs, including Martha Stewart and Sara Moulton. Kicking off the Friday semi- nars is author and epicurean Lou Di Palo, who will speak about what he knows best -- the Essential Foods of Italy. Di Palo will take guests on a gourmet excursion through Italy's distinct regions and share a lifetime of wisdom about the cuisine beloved around the world. Next, follow acclaimed wine and spirits writer Jordan MacKay In Pursuit of Balance and discover what makes a balanced California Pinot Noir. Closing the first day of seminars is Megan Krig- baum, Senior Wine Editor of FOOD & WINE, with Wine 101. Krigbaum will take guests on a delicious journey through various kinds of wine while answering questions about how to taste, identify, buy and pair wines. Lou Di Palo will return to kick off Saturday morning at the Chinese Tea House with a guided tasting to uncover the magic behind Italy's two most coveted ingredients, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar, Guests will leave with first- hand knowledge of production methods, regional influence and history, and how to taste and use these ingredients at home. For white wine lovers looking to learn & Food Festival will return 21 ,t. (Photo by more about reds, Helen Morrison, winemaker at Villa Maria Estate, will present Looking Beyond Sauvignon Blanc: New Zealand's Red Wine Revolution. Guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of Villa Maria's red wines, including Pinot Noirs and Cabernet/Merlot blends. In the final Saturday semi- nar titled Quintessa Rocks & Dirt, Quintessa Vineyard Estate Director and Master Sommelier Larry Stone will take guests on a journey through the formation of the Napa Valley and the Quin- tessa Vineyard, and discuss the impact the rocks and dirt at Quintessa have on the wine. Attendees will taste barrel samples from the estate's distinctive vineyard blocks, as well as two of the vineyard's vintages. On Sunday, Kistler Vine- yards Director of Sales and Marketing Geoff Labitzke demonstrates how bottle age affects style and character development in Kistler Char- donnay: California's Ultimate Terroirs. If you want to know which Bordeaux best repre- sents Scan Connery or Daniel Craig, Bond's Bordeaux with Philippe Newlin is not to be missed! The Director of Duclot la Vinicole USA will examine major appellations of the classic Bordeaux and will pair each appellation with another classic: an actor from Ian Flemming's Bond series. Mixologist Marshall Altier will explore Italian drinking cul- ture from ancient Roman times to present day in the final seminar of the weekend, Cocktail Italia. All proceeds from the New- port Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preser- vation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organi- zation accredited by the American Alliance of Muse- ums and dedicated to pre- serving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic proper- ties, seven of them National Historic Landmarks, span (Continued on Page 13)