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      GenPEM: Wine Tasting & Curator Chat

      GenPEM: Wine Tasting & Curator Chat

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      In-person event
      Location: Garden Atrium and garden

      $20 GenPEM members; $25 nonmember

      Capacity is limited.

      Join us to raise a glass to the coming season of GenPEM events! Enjoy a spring wine tasting and curator chat in our garden and Garden Atrium, complete with light bites and conversation with fellow GenPEM members.

      Ruthie Dibble, PEM's Robert N. Shapiro Curator of American Decorative Art, will begin the evening by giving us a curator’s insight into the fabulous recreated dining salon of Cleopatra’s Barge, the first ocean-going yacht made in the United States. Built in Salem in 1816 for George Crowninshield, Jr., the yacht was outfitted to host luxurious parties throughout Crowninshield’s transatlantic voyages. Learn about the glassware he kept onboard, the wines he served to distinguished guests (including Napoleon Bonaparte) and his stop in Madeira, home of some of the world’s most famous fortified wines.

      Following the presentation, wine expert and historian Stephen Casscles will guide a tasting of rare small batch wines produced from grape varieties originally developed in Salem in the 19th century. These historic Cape Ann heritage varieties include Salem, Agawam and Merrimac. After the tasting, mingle with your fellow guests over cocktails.

      Copies of Casscles’ book Grapes of the Hudson Valley will be available for purchase.

      Generation PEM (GenPEM) is a community of museum enthusiasts, artists and collectors. We believe creativity is everywhere and transformative experiences await. Enjoy innovative programming, curator-led tours and pop-up events designed to connect living artists and art lovers.

      If you would like to join as a GenPEM member to attend this event and receive invitations to future exhibition openings, tours and special events and programs, as well as complimentary museum admission, please visit to purchase an annual membership.

      About our collaborators

      Ruthie Dibble

      Ruthie Dibble (the Robert N. Shapiro Curator of American Decorative Art) specializes in American and British decorative arts from the 18th century to the present. Her curatorial work expands the field of American decorative arts by examining the global circulation of objects, the relationship between craft and identity and the role of craftspeople as agents of social change. Emphasizing collaboration and community connection, her curatorial projects empower diverse perspectives and audiences. At PEM, Dibble oversees one of the country’s preeminent American decorative arts collections, featuring exceptional holdings of furniture, furnishings and works of material culture.

      Stephen Casscles

      Stephen Casscles is an award-winning winemaker and author who has grown grapes in the Hudson Valley for over 45 years. He lectures on wine, grape cultivation, 19th-century American horticulture and landscape architecture throughout the Northeast, with an emphasis on cool-climate, heritage grape varieties. He has also contributed to academic and trade journals for UMass Amherst, the New Jersey Horticultural Society and Arnold Arboretum (Harvard University). From 2021 to 2023, he was appointed director/winemaker of Milea Estate Vineyard’s Hudson Valley Heritage Grape Project. His work has been covered by the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Forbes Magazine and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book (2021).

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