Visiting Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in Oregon’s Willamette Valley was an inspiration for me. While the wines were delightful, what I found more inspiring (because I was a photographer long before I was a wine affectionado) was their decor.
While my host Greg Lint (center, above) of Oak Knoll Winery and my husband Jose tasted all of the wines being poured for them, I drifted away to capture the details.
If I were to ever have a tasting room (which I won’t, as I’m not on that track), I’d create the structure and then find myself a great art consultant. It would become that person’s duty to fill my tasting room with the art of others, which could be sold through the tasting room… just as Penner-Ash has seemingly done. (I didn’t ask, so I’m only assuming.)
It seems to me, with my mutable personality, that this would suit me just fine… to have a tasting room that would not only celebrate the arts, but also be ever changing with the sale of each piece. What a great balance, and what great support for those whose passion it is to work in creative design.
Proprietor/winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash’s interest in winemaking grew from an early passion for the sciences. From her Website: “After a summer working for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., she studied Botany at the University of California, Davis, the birthplace of the American wine industry. In her junior year she changed her major to Viticulture. Then, after working the graveyard shift during crush at Domaine Chandon, she changed her degree again, from Viticulture to Enology.”
This is a finely-tuned winemaker who also has Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Rex Hill Winery as part of her life experiences. Here’s the link to read more about this accomplished young woman: www.pennerash.com/about_us/lynn_penner-ash
For now, I want to share their decor, because it was such a beautiful sight to behold… Every detail, including their guest book, was a masterpiece that absorbed my time quickly, capturing every detail I could, while enjoying Lynn’s equally and carefully hand-crafted wines.
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars is an all-encompassing, sensory experience.
From their Website: Current Wines
“Oregon’s northern latitude brings long hours of summer sunshine and cool nights to our vineyard which helps fully ripen our grapes and retain natural acidity. Our unique growing season allows for the development of complex fruit flavors, aromatics and nuances associated with world-class wines.”
From their Website, their architectural philosophy:
“The design process for the new winery was much like the way we make wine. In winemaking, hundreds of decisions need to be made and they come from a combination of experience, diligence and instinct. Individual wisdom and intuition dictates those decisions. We all worked with WaterLeaf in much the same way, allowing our internal wisdom and experience to guide us with same diligent care and attention to detail.”