01
Jun
2017

The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

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Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires…

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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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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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26
Aug
2015

Transformation

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  • cabernet . chardonnay . fermentation . spirituality . transformative practices . Wine's Hidden Beauty .

Life Illuminated! In wine's life story, grape juice is transformed into spirited wine upon fermentation of the sugars to alcohol and bubbles.  Transformation only occurs here with outside help - the microscopic yeasts.  Well, there's other outside help, the sacred igniter. From my photographer's perspective, when looking at juice compared to wine, the material under the microscope begins to fill…

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06
Jul
2015

SPIRIT OF THE GRAPE

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Have you ever wondered why the grape is the only fruit that gives us elixirs so heavenly they are called divine? Why not kiwi or pineapple, apple or date wines? What is so unique about the grape that it has had a cult like following since ancient times? The grape and wine share a history with civilization that may seem…

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21
Jun
2014

Exquisite Beauty

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Some wines express exquisite beauty under the eye of the microscope, like this featured image. The famed mentor of California winemakers, Andre Tchelistcheff, called this images the JEWELS OF WINE.  This one certainly is.  Some wines express more rounded 'jewelry' while others would certainly make for an elaborate diamond broach. Yet these are simple actual photomicrographs of the expressions of…

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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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