Capture Wine’s Unique Expressions

How You Can Use These Images:

  • Showcase and promote your wines
  • Research: Follow its development, transformation and evolution
  • Enhance your pleasure, knowledge and that of your wine-loving public
  • GIFT ITEMS and prints
  • Educate, Entertaining Events and Explore
  • PROLONG the PLEASURE  of the moment Photographs of your stellar ONE-OF-A-KIND wines create a special piece of art of your wine’s expression.  And if you are local (San Francisco Bay area), no bottle has to be opened for this.  I can sample your amazing rare wine with a Coravin system.  The photograph will last a lifetime, long after the bottle is empty.

Digital media for a compelling website can illustrate the remarkable story of your wines

Hourglass 2012 Cab Hourglass Vyd

Hourglass 2012 Cab Blueline Vyd

Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc 2014


EXPLORE how a given wine changes over time. Show the character and personality of your wines. Know and visualize your wines better – for blending, for aging, for structure.

2 year old CASK CAB 1983

2 year old CASK CAB 1983





sondra saltyPRESENTATIONS and Tasting Events

Wine and Shaping TASTE 


Quintessa heart with glassCan a wine taste of love?

At a recent seminar in California, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., spoke to Masters of Wine hopefuls on photographing the guts of the fermented drink. As if this cadre of connoisseurs hadn’t already been accused of joylessly stripping this liquid pleasure down to its bare essentials, Barrett, a onetime cancer researcher turned photographer and author, took it one step further by employing a microscope to capture wine’s molecular structure.

Turns out her photos are a lot more compelling than any MW tasting note. From droplets on a slide, the magnified liquid revealed striking colors and shapes reminiscent of our macro world, from dragonflies to emeralds. The artistic images were surprisingly illustrative of wine’s perceptible taste attributes. Sharply acidic sauvignon blanc evoked a spiky sea urchin, while an aged merlot spread in a soft blob across the film. Barrett shared the story of a perpetually irate winemaker. She said his wines, jagged at the molecular level, reflected an angry energy.

Which brings me back to love. If a wine can reflect anger or peace (myriad studies have tested the response of plants to human touch, tone, musical genres), could a wine made with love reflect it, too? What would it look or taste like?  ~LAUREN MOWERY IN VILLAGE VOICE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Dr Sondra’s microscopic discovery was like an adventurous journey that was so eyeopening.  It provided us with an entirely different perspective to look at the unfamiliar side of our familiar wines.  Surprisingly, these pictures are not merely a feast to eyes, but also scientific indications regarding the various status and quality of wine.  It is so amazing to be led by Sondra’s presentation to connect our taste senses and the knowledge at microscopic level. 

Young Shi  AIWS   施晔  Co-Founder |TasteSpirit Wine Academy Director   

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12 Glasses and Harry Potter ~STACEY DALTON

Anyone who’s seen the Harry Potter movies knows about Platform 9 ¾ where the kids catch a train that mysteriously transports them to an unknown world at the mythical Hogwarts School. The School is full of fascinating characters and all sorts of special knowledge that they can’t learn anywhere else.   That’s probably the best way to summarize the past 6 days that I spent at the Masters of Wine Residential seminar in San Francisco. There were about 100 students there (a mix of Stage 1, Stage 2, and those only re-taking the Practical Tasting exam). Note that the study phases are called “Stages” versus “Years” as many people need more than one year to get through either stage.

Other than the first day, every day started at 7:30am with a 2:15 hour timed blind tasting exam of 12 wines – white, red, or mixed bag of sparkling/fortified/dry. This was followed by another hour of feedback and review of all the humiliations we suffered during the exams. One thing (of many) we learned during these sessions is that the exam is not meant to trick us and primarily focuses on classic wines from classic regions.    

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Afternoons were blessedly filled with lectures on the costs of owning a vineyard, digital marketing in the wine world, historical origins of wine, and many other compelling topics. One of my favorites was by Sondra Barrett, who takes pictures of wine drops (and body cells) under a microscope. Not only were the pictures strikingly beautiful, they oddly resembled what you might mentally conjure up as how a particular wine might look if visually displayed. For example, think about the taste of Sauvignon Blanc – how would you illustrate its lean acidity, tart grapefruit, and grassy flavors in a diagram? Probably something with angled or jagged edges right? That’s exactly what it looked like. Check these pictures out here, they’re stunning.

Thank you so much Sondra for presenting to our MW group today. What a fascinating presentation and such beautiful work and context. It’s such a pleasure to get to hear you speak and see your work. Thank you again for your time and would love to stay in touch.