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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Vinography Images: Silver Lining


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Silver Lining
PESSAC, FRANCE: The sky shines silver above the vineyards and chateau at Haut-Brion in Bordeaux. The estate dates back to the year 1525, with the main chateau building begun in 1549. Haut-Brion is unusual among the list of Bordeaux’s First Growths as it is the only property in the Pessac-Léognan region of the area known as Graves.

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Vinography Images: Harvest Moment


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Harvest Moment
GIRONDE, FRANCE: Workers carry grapes to the gondola in the morning light at Chateau Ausone in Gironde on Bordeaux’s Right Bank near Saint-Émilion. Ausone is one of only 4 wines classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion classification.

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Vinography Images: The Light Fantastic


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The Light Fantastic
SAINT-ÉMILION, FRANCE: Light streams through a break in the storm clouds to illumine the vineyards of Chateau Cheval Blanc. 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 Great Expanse


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The Great Expanse
PAUILLAC, FRANCE: The vineyards seem to go on forever under the wide open sky 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 Unboxed: Week of 3/24/18


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bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.

This week included a pretty little Riesling from Brooks Winery in Oregon, who continue to produce excellent, varietally correct renditions of the grape that range from bone dry to lightly sweet, as this one is. Chilled down it will make any Riesling lover happy.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed every newspaper and wine website in the universe proclaiming that it’s finally rosé season. This is, of course, complete hogwash, as it’s been rosé season for the past 15 years, at least. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you there’s a time of year that ISN’T good for rosé. If you need one to drink soon for under $15, you’d …

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Vinography Images: Moon Over My…Pétrus


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Moon Over My…Pétrus
POMEROL, FRANCE: A harvest moon rises behind the winery 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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Vinography Images: Castle Walls


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Castle Walls
SAUTERNES, FRANCE: The setting sun casts shadows through the trees on the crenellated walls of Château d’Yquem in Sauternes, an appellation within the Graves region of Bordeaux. In the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, d’Yquem was the only winery in the Sauternes region to be accorded the status of Premiere Cru Supérieur. Its golden, sweet dessert wines are among the most famous, and long lived, in the world.

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Vinography Images: Monument to the Wind


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Monument to the Wind
GIRONDE, FRANCE: The estate’s iconic windmill stands watch over the vines at Chateau Ausone in Gironde on Bordeaux’s Right Bank near Saint-Émilion. Ausone is one of only 4 wines classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion classification.

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