Vinography Images: Green Terraces


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Green Terraces
LOS OLIVOS, CA: The terraced Saarloos & Sons Windmill Ranch vineyard in Ballard Canyon shows a carpet of green before budbreak near Los Olivos, California. Because of its close proximity to Southern California and Los Angeles population centers, combined with a Mediterranean climate, the coastal regions of Santa Barbara have become a popular weekend wine getaway destination for millions of tourists each year.

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Vinography Images: Higher Than Cool


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Higher Than Cool
SANTA YNEZ, CA: A mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard sits above the morning fog at Dierberg’s Star Lane Vineyard near Santa Ynez, California. After an extremely wet winter, warm temperatures are accelerating harvests everywhere.

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Vinography Images: A Hazy Shade of Autumn


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A Hazy Shade of Autumn
SANTA MARIA, CA: Dark afternoon smoke from the officially named Alamo Fire, burning in the nearby coastal mountains within view of the Pacific Ocean, creates an eerie, surreal scene near Santa Maria, California. The 30,000 acre blaze began near Twitchell Reservoir on Highway 166 and quickly spread toward the ranches and vineyards along the Tepusquet Bench. Fires around harvest time have been a serious problem for winegrowers for the past two years in California.

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Vinography Images: Perfect Refuge


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Perfect Refuge
SANTA YNEZ, CA: The irrigation pond at Refugio Ranch reflects its neighboring vines in the cool light of a spring morning in the Santa Ynez Valley AVA in Santa Barbara County. Water for irrigation is quickly becoming a major issue for many wine regions around California.

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Vinography Images: Down the Line


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Down the Line
SANTA YNEZ, CA: Long rows of Cabernet Sauvignon catch the light at Happy Canyon Vineyard near Santa Ynez, California. As periods of heat continue to hit California, harvest projections continue to accelerate.

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Vinography Images: Line of Contrast


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Line of Contrast
SANTA YNEZ, CA: A Cabernet vineyard at Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards stands starkly against the golden hills behind it at sunrise near Santa Ynez, California. The unique micro climates of the Santa Ynez valley allow for both Burgundian and Bordeaux grape varieties to thrive.

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Vinography Images: Welcome Mat


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Welcome Mat
LOMPOC, CA: A thick fog bank hangs along the Sta. Rita Hills above the orderly green Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, which looks for all its regularity like a welcome mat for the cool onshore breezes near Lompoc, California. The vineyard produces some of Santa Barbara’s most recognizable Pinot Noir.

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Vinography Images: Chalk Top


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Chalk Top
LOMPOC, CA: The calcareous bluffs in the Sta. Rita Hills loom above Sweeney Road which cuts just under the corner of the higest point of a vineyard at Domaine de la Côte near Lompoc, California. The domaine, owned by famed sommelier Rajat Parr, produces four extremely cool-climate Pinot Noirs from their vineyards

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Vinography Images: Lines of Light


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Lines of Light
LOMPOC, CA: A thick fog bank rolls into the Sta. Rita Hills vineyards of Melville Winery near Lompoc, California, as the evening sun turns rows of vines into bright lines of light. The Sta. Rita Hills was established as a sub-AVA of Santa Barbara County in 2001. It used to be known as the Santa Rita Hills, but a trademark battle with a Chilean wine producer, Vina Santa Rita resulted in the abbreviation of Santa to Sta.

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Vinography Images: Happy Sunrise


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Happy Sunrise
SANTA YNEZ, CA: A dramatic sunrise reflects in a pond at Happy Canyon’s Grassini Family Estate, near Santa Ynez, California. Because of its close proximity to Southern California and Los Angeles population centers, combined with a Mediterranean climate, the coastal regions of Santa Barbara have become a popular weekend getaway destination for millions of tourists each year.

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Vinography Images: Island of Green


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Island of Green
SANTA YNEZ, CA: Appearing like an island in a wide sea, a Syrah vineyard is surrounded by oak trees near Santa Ynez, California. Depending on where it is planted, Syrah can have many different characters. There are approximately 16,000 acres of Syrah planted in the state.

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Vinography Images: Straight and Narrow


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Straight and Narrow
SANTA YNEZ, CA: Weeds in a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard at Happy Canyon Vineyard are cleared near Santa Ynez, California. A cool spring and mild summer contributed to a later-than-usual harvest and a bumper crop of premium wine grapes throughout the state of California last year.

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Welcome Back Photographer George Rose


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Please join me in welcoming back photographer George Rose as a weekly collaborator for my Vinography Images posts.

For some of you photographer George Rose needs no introduction. You might be staring at his photos as your desktop background or screen saver already, since I’ve featured his images many times over the years years.

For those of you who haven’t met George, he’s an accomplished wine marketer in addition to a master behind the lens. Keep reading to learn more about his remarkable career.

Before we get to his resume, though, let’s talk about what we’re going to feature on Vinography. George has spent the last year or so deeply exploring Santa Barbara County and California’s Central Coast wine region, as seen in the image above of vineyards near Lompoc, CA. The result of that exploration is soon to be published in a book entitled, WINE COUNTRY: Santa Barbara County. …

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Vinography Images: Layers of Light


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Layers of Light
PAUILLAC, FRANCE: Layers of clouds and light and vines at Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths established by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux.

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Vinography Images: The Last Gold


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The Last Gold
PAUILLAC, FRANCE: The last golden light of day falls on Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths established by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux.

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Vinography Images: The Infinite Curve


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The Infinite Curve
SAINT-ÉMILION, FRANCE: The alluring curve of the roof designed by Christian de Portzamparc peeks above the vineyard beneath dramatic skies at Chateau Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux. Cheval Blanc, which means “white horse” in French, is one of only four estates elevated to the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé in the classification of Saint-Émilion wine.

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Vinography Images: The Fine Fields


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The Fine Fields
PAUILLAC, FRANCE: Storm light dapples the gently rolling vineyards surrounding Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths established by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux.

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Vinography Images: Mists of Margaux


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Mists of Margaux
MARGAUX, FRANCE: The silhouettes of trees show dull colors in the morning mists along a canal on the grounds of Chateau Margaux. Margaux is one of four original Premier Grand Cru classé wines according to the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The estate is located in the commune of Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc region, in the department of Gironde.

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Vinography Images: Bent to the Task


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Bent to the Task
PAUILLAC, FRANCE: An old hand bends to the task during harvest at Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths established by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux.

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Vinography Images: The Wide Sky


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The Wide Sky
POMEROL, FRANCE: The sky spreads wide over vineyards just as expansive at Chateau Pétrus in Pomerol, on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Pétrus became famous in the late 1800s after winning a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition, beating out many more famous estates. One of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the world, Pétrus is widely regarded as the single best bottling of Merlot to be found, and remains the shining star of the Pomerol apellation, which has never been classified. Consequently it cannot truly be called a First Growth, though it clearly ranks among them in both price and quality.

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