A few months before I started this blog, I was working away on a proposal for a new documentary project. (If you’ve not read the “about” page here, you may not know that I’m a nature photographer!) In fact, that proposal is what led me to create the wine-stained lens blog as an ancillary pursuit.
My previous documentary project, the Owens Lake Project, concluded for the most part after six-plus years. While there will be some ongoing work for years to come, the major work on the project is finished. Since I like to have a personal photography project going at all times, I wanted to jump right into something new as soon as possible.
The idea I’d kicked around for a few years–and what I finally decided upon–was an in-depth, year-long look at the winemaking process from grape to bottle. A year in the life of wine, if you will.
This project will be a slight shift away from prior work (conservation photography) in that it will involve writing as much as it would photography–but photography is still the primary focus.
Centered completely at the estate of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles, home to some of the most stunning Chateauneuf-du-Pape style wines produced in the new world, The Life of Wine will take an up-close, in-depth look at a year in the life of the vineyard. Follow along now with the introductory posts, setting the stage for the “new year” in the vineyard, which for our purposes will begin following this fall’s harvest as the vines go into dormancy. We will go from dormancy to bud break to the end of next year’s harvest, with a parallel look at what’s going on in the winery lab and barrel room as the current harvest begins its next phase of life.
Tablas Creek is a pretty special place, and I’m honored they’re allowing me to tell this story through their vines and wines. I’m excited about showing you this life, and hope you’ll follow along over the next year.
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