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The Intuitive Wines of Gavin Chanin

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“It’s no surprise that the delicious Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that Gavin Chanin makes for the Chanin Wine Company get called art. It turns out art is what Chanin studied at UCLA. “I do big abstract paintings, and for me painting is very physical and intuitive,” Chanin says. “Wine is very similar. It’s obviously very different tools, but it’s not like you’re sitting down and writing a question and answering it. You’re taking a very basic material — grapes or paint or some medium — and turning it into something greater than it was before. You’re transforming something without altering it or taking something away. It’s a great and amazing process in some degree.”