01
Nov
2021

Behold the Elemental Wisdom Within You and Your Molecules

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Contribute to my Kickstarter campaign here.   Explore the fascinating evidence left by the microscope that molecules are more than chemistry. This story goes back decades when I, the scientist, was invited to be the artist-in-residence for Napa Valley’s Sterling Vineyards. The winemaker’s response to the photographic expression of that first wine I captured with my microscope - It looks…

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01
Feb
2017

Tasting Shapes

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The idea of perceiving wine as shapes is not a new one.  What is new is capturing the shapes in wine through the microscope.    British wine writer and critic, Pat Simon, former wine consultant to the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Agency, and Master of Wine for 40 years, wrote in Wine Tasters’ Logic that he made mental…

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26
Jan
2017

Wine and Intention

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Can we, with our thoughts or other unmeasurable manipulation, change the taste of a wine? Well, I won't tell you how but      it has been done Perhaps it was magic 3 glasses of the same 2008 cabernet sauvignon were treated 'mysteriously' with crystals and thoughts Voila! The simple wine became fruitier with one experimental variation, and softer with another. Here…

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26
Jan
2017

Wine and the Mind

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A few months ago I met with winemaker Pete Hoffmann who explored with me the potential that the energy of mental focus directed by crystals can change our pleasure of wine. I was an open skeptic willing to be open to the experience. We sat in Graton's Wildwood Cafe with 4 glasses of wine in front of us.... I won't…

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18
Jan
2017

Wine’s Inner Terroir

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  • hope & grace . microscope . pinot noir . sauvignon blanc . Sterling . terroir . Wine . Wine's Hidden Beauty .

Wine portrait: Pinot Noir 2008 hope & grace. The French use a term "terroir" to talk about a wine's expression of place.  They say that only certain wines express terroir which means they express the land and its temperament. We experience terroir  as sensory qualities of  a wine's nature, its personality and spirit. What influences 'terroir' land where the grapes…

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02
Aug
2016

Synesthesia: Tasting shapes?

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There is a sensory experience that some folks have where they SMELL numbers or SEE  sounds.  Jimi Hendrix HEARD the color blue and physician Richard Cytowic wrote about one of his patients who tasted chicken as angular.  Check out his interesting book "The Man who Tasted Shapes." Synesthesia is a state in which sensory experiences are cross-wired in the brain.  Some…

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26
Feb
2016

Mastering Wine

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  • Masters of Wine .

A few months ago - after Liz Thach (Sonoma State distinguished professor of wine business and one of the four women in the US to achieve Master of Wine) and I had collaborated on a winery presentation about Tasting Shapes - she  asked me to do a presentation for the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW).  I was honored.  First I read about what it means…

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03
Sep
2015

Opening Up

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  • aging . design . photography . pinot noir . wine art .

Wine lovers talk about how a wine opens up once its let out of the bottle. When we pour wine into our glass and swirl, we're helping the wine open up.  It softens and release its many volatile components into the air, and our nose.  A lot more happens, of course, as the wine in our glass opens up. We…

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11
Jun
2015

TASTING RELATIONSHIPS

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  • Barrett . shaping taste . TASTE . Wine .

Is this relationship doomed? He likes white wine, she likes red. I have a dear friend who prefers lean white wines like sauvignon blanc. I have learned over the years that that is my least favorite wine and have thought our relationship was doomed since he doesn't like what I do. He will drink red wine to placate me but…

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09
Feb
2013

Visual Taste:Opus One

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As a wine photographer I often receive a thimble-full of wine, not enough to  taste  Yet I do get to taste with my eyes and recently explored (with the microscope) several vintages of Opus One and wondered longingly if the images reflected the true nature of the wine. The four vintage wines captured were 2001, 2005, 2008, and the not yet released…

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