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Tom Rodrigues

Artist, Winemaker, Baseball Fan!


Tom knew he would be an Artist from an early age, in fact, at 14 he was apprenticing in a stained glass studio and by 17, he was teaching adult education classes in stained glass. Tom has always followed his dreams and passions. His love and talent for baseball brought him an offer to play for the NY Mets farm team when he was a senior at Los Gatos High School. But Tom chose to pursue his art and continue to develop his talent in art. In the early 1980ís, he was the Designer and Production Manager of George Lucasís Skywalker Ranch Studio that created incredible custom glass work. But Tomís an entrepreneur, so he went on to produce ďLegends at the StickĒ in 1993 and had a conceptual art show at Candlestick Park, where his paintings were placed on the field in the position of the players and actors portrayed the players of the era.

Tomís wine introduction began in 1978 by designing the Far Niente wine label and collecting French Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. He has since designed many wine labels, several which reflect the influence and his love of Art Noveau. Then, in 2001, he decided to combine his passions for Art and Wine, and he and his sweetheart Linda moved to Mendocino to embark on a new life at Maple Creek and start Maple Creek Winery. The vineyard and wines are now his canvas, and his paintings adorn the ARTEVINO wine labels. He is inspired by the beauty and nature and challenge of being a sustainable farmer and vintner. Tom has shown his art in galleries all over the U.S. and has clients all over the world. He still plays baseball, on the Greenwood Ridge Dragons, a menís senior league hardball team, and his proudest creation is his daughter Amy, who attends USC.

More of Tomís work and some originals can be seen at the Maple Creek Winery Tasting Room on Hwy 128 in Yorkville, CA (707) 895-3001.