The winning Cannon River Winery’s Sogn Blanc label features Patti Kumm’s contemporary painting of the Cannon River Winery.
The winning Cannon River Winery’s Sogn Blanc label features Patti Kumm’s contemporary painting of the Cannon River Winery.
For Patti (Capelle) Kumm, formerly of Spring Valley, the wait is over, as the Cannon River Winery celebrated the third annual Sogn Series Artist Labels contest winners on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Surrounded by friends and family, Kumm, the Sogn Blanc winner and Julie Schroeder, the Sogn Blush winner, had a brilliant night enjoying the two bands and sipping on exquisite wine. But, they did have to work a little bit during the night; Kumm signed over six cases of the Sogn Blanc wine!

Kumm, who now lives in Cannon Falls with her husband, Matt, and daughters, Tyler and Lauren, will now have her painting featured on the winery's Sogn Blanc wine bottles.

"It was very surreal," Kumm said of seeing her painting on the bottle for the first time after waiting since finding out she won in December, "and it give's a sense of validation, too. I've been patiently, or at least trying to be, waiting for them to run out so they could bottle more wine!"

The winery invites local artists to draw, paint, sketch or sculpt their own interpretations of the vineyard winery or the wines. The two winning images are then featured on the next year's Sogn Blanc and Sogn Blush bottles.

Kumm says has always enjoyed art and even does a few art shows at the winery every year. She also donates some of her painting to area businesses.

"I enjoy being able to contribute and give back to the community, especially when it's by doing something I love, like painting," explained Kumm.

Art is a satisfying way for Kumm to relax and get a little "me time," which can be hard to come by as a homemaker and mom of two young girls.

Adding to the excitement is the fact that she thinks very highly of the winery and the owners, John and Maureen Maloney, saying they are a nice addition to Cannon Falls.

The Maloney family restored the former Lee Chevrolet dealership in Cannon Falls and opened their doors in 2004. Since that time they have won countless awards for their wines.

The winery is currently holding the Fourth Annual Sogn Series Artist Label Contest, so if artists want to vie for their chance at next year's label check out the winery's website, www.cannonriverwinery.com for more information.