Wine Bottles On Shelf

On display at the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County office at 3592 Broad Street, Suite 104 in San Luis Obispo is an exhibit that features a variety of sizes of wine bottles, demi-jons, bungs, books, artwork, and a very small barrel exclaiming that wine and art are interwoven throughout culture.

Many of these bottles have been transformed through paintings and etchings into works of art by Candice Norcross, a former Central Coast artist. Ms. Norcross created colorful and unique bottles for various charity events and on request. 

Candice combined graphic, commercial, and textile art into a unique glass concept. She believes that anything can be reproduced on glass; her wine labels and other concepts are created with hand-painted reproductions of original and master artworks. Each is individually hand-made, hand-painted, signed, and numbered. Many of her bottles take six months to a year to complete.

Candice created many of the bottles for the wine auctions at the KCBX and Central Coast Wine Classics, working closely with Archie McLaren. She created magnums for over 75 Central Coast wineries to commemorate special vintages, anniversaries, and charitable events. In addition, she has created glass works for major movie studios, entertainers, the American Institute of Wine and Food, and the High Museum of Atlanta.

 Candice’s etched design work on art glass has been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Art and on the Christmas Tree in the Blue Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. Her work has been featured at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in an exhibit curated by the Wine History Project, Wine Becomes Art, in April 2019. Candice has retired and makes her home in Paradise, California.

The Wine History Project proudly has a collection of these. You can read more about Candice on our website;

There are also bottles produced by several San Luis Obispo wineries and vineyards; some being over 40-50 years old.

 Please make an appointment to have a private viewing. You won’t regret examining them up close and personal!