Mount Shasta musician Richard Derwingson may not have turned water into wine, but he did turn music into art that now adorns a wine bottle label.

Mount Shasta musician Richard Derwingson may not have turned water into wine, but he did turn music into art that now adorns a wine bottle label.

The score of Derwingson’s musical composition, “Imagine a Waltz,” was recently used as the label for Imagery Estate Winery’s 2009 vintage North Coast White Burgundy.

Every vintage of Imagery wine is released with an original piece of art on the label, commissioned from artists all over the world, according to a press release.
This year, instead of a painting, drawing, or photograph, they commissioned Derwingson to create a musical score.

Every piece of art contains Imagery’s icon, the Parthenon, Derwingson explained.

“At first, I was a bit taken aback, wondering how I would incorporate... the Parthenon into the song itself, since it’s not a visual image,... But the Parthenon is a classic example of Doric architecture, and in music there’s a Dorian mode, which comes from the same period. It’s based on different intervals, like all scales. It’s different than western music, and I used that mode in order to write the melodic line and the theme for ‘Imagine a Waltz.’”

The Dorian mode, a mixture of whole and half steps, originated in Greek times, but lives to this day and appears in jazz and blues solos.

Derwingson taught himself to play the piano at age 11. He says he’s been composing ever since. He has completed two albums, “Collaborations,” released in Nov. 2010, and “All About Love,” a solo performance of voice and piano, released in 2007.

Imagery’s 2009 White Burgundy contains mostly Chardonnay, with small amounts of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier added to the blend, the release states. “The 2009 is rich and well-structured, with a dash of sassiness that comes from Pinot Meunier,” said Joe Benziger, Imagery Estate’s winemaker.

Imagery produced 1,845 cases of its 2009 North Coast White Burgundy. The wine, which retails for $29 a bottle, is available exclusively at Imagery Estate Winery, though Imagery’s wine club, and at www.imagerywinery.com.

To see a video of Derwingson performing “Imagine a Waltz” and explaining his process, visit www.imagerywinery.com/waltz