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Russian Chapel Hills Winery invites the public to celebrate July 4th with the premiere of a new wine, traditional wood-fired pizza prepared on site and an opening exhibit for Columbus artists Kathryn and Pavel Gulov.

Russian-born Pavel Gulov received formal training in fine arts at the high school level, a five-year program including oil painting, academic drawing and composition. He was influenced by the old masters including da Vinci, Rembrandt and Rubens. He continued his education for six additional years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University in Moscow, studying academic oil painting and drawing, frescoes, mosaics, and iconography along with art history and theology.

After earning a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Michigan, Kathryn Gulov continued her studies abroad, in Italy and in Russia where she was the first American student accepted in the Monumental Art department at St. Tikhon’s.

Russian Chapel Hills Winery has prepared, especially for this event, a new wine, “Tosca Heritage.” A classical, super-Tuscan blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes celebrates Italian winemaking. This medium to full-bodied wine leads with the flavors of sweet plums and cherries with hints of tobacco, oak and spice and a rich long finish.

Joe Laudisio, owner of Giardini Trattoria in Columbus, will prepare traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas selected to pair nicely with the wine.

This Independence Day celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with a special service in the St. Anna Chapel. Russian Chapel Hills Winery is located at 2662 Green Creek Drive in Columbus. For more information about the winery, its traditional Russian chapel and other events throughout the year, please visit russianchapelhill.com.

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