Art in Wine,Photographers

Wine Industry Photographer ~ George Rose

A natural phenomenon within the wine business is the plethora of artists standing at the ready… From musicians being here to live the life style and be so inspired, to artists who use any available medium, to photographers for whom each season presents copious opportunities for just snapping away… Up close or from a distance, it’s all so gorgeous, because the imagery out here is breathtaking.

Working on a project with K-J’s PR director George Rose, I was reminded of his work. Our careers have a similar path in that we were both around the rock and role world in the 80s… I from a radio background, and he from his living and working in Los Angeles. Although George had many more opportunities to photograph luminaries back then than I had, I’m betting that we both worked with some of the same people.

He’s as talented with PR as he is with his camera. I sent an E-mail to him so he’d have my contact info, and I immediate got a gorgeous 2008 calendar in the mail the very next day. This one is celebrating Kendall-Jackson’s 25 years of being in the wine business. George’s images are dramatically gorgeous through the seasons.

The cover, for instance, is “Sonoma County – Kendall-Jackson’s Trace Ridge Estate vineyards that are dormant on the slopes of a snowy Mount St. Helena in Knight’s Valley.” It’s superlative, and reminded me of my Maine… although there are no vineyards in central Maine where I was born and lived before I moved to California.

I was completely drawn in by his spider web of crystal dew drops (January), and also his undulating, terraced hills of Kendall-Jackson’s Hawkeye Mountain Estate that’s bathed in early morning sunshine representing another month.

The calendar’s for sale at the winery for the ridiculously low price of $10.00. This is a steal! It’s 14″ wide x 10″ high, and could easily segue into a coffee table addition for a living room, or add pizazz to your wine cellar.

It’s still early enough in the year to replace your annual insurance calendar for one that’s so classy. Just give the K-J tasting room a call, because I didn’t find it on their Website as one of their offered “Wine Related Gifts and Accessories.”


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