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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11
May
2017

The Heart of Wine and Heart Health

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They tell us that wine, especially red wine, is good for our hearts. Certainly the molecules within wine contribute to our heart's health. This photomicrograph of a red wine (sangiovese) reveals a heart within wine. Though not all red wines express hearts, those more likely to show us their hearts are organic and biodynamic as this one was. Yet I…

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11
Feb
2017

A NEW WAY TO SEE WINE

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  • photography . TASTE . Wine .

What if you could peer  inside a drop of wine discover its inner beauty, hidden spirit, personality and fantastic EXPRESSIONS? Well, now you can!!! Unique wine photo portraits(through the microscope) help you illuminate the inspiring stories about you and your wines.   [caption id="attachment_9077" align="alignleft" width="293"] 1982 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintners Reserve[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8938" align="alignleft" width="287"] 1982 Belvedere Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vyd.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9198" align="alignleft" width="240"] 2012 Vincent…

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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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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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13
Dec
2016

Memories of Wine

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In creating a presentation on my journey into wine, I was remembering my first days with the winemakers at Sterling Vineyards - Theo Rosenbrand and Bill Dyer - falling in love with all things wine-related - the cellar, the vineyards, the sharing ideas and their questions, and of course, the other part of a winery  - the tasting room hospitality…

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03
Jan
2016

Single wine drinkers

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A cold wet Sunday afternoon and I’m forced to look at  a question that maybe you can help me with. What do singles who enjoy wine, yet are alone, choose to drink? I made beautiful rare lamb chops and roasted potatoes, no greens sorry, and wanted to warm up this afternoon.  Do I open a bottle of red only to have…

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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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29
Jun
2015

FALLING IN LOVE

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Many years ago I was brought into the world of wine through my photography with a microscope.  As artist-in-residence for Sterling Vineyards I had the amazing opportunity to work with the winemakers as they asked questions like - do wines look different when grapes grow on a mountain top vs the valley floor, what about fining, what changes do we…

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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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