Harvest & Crush - Sonoma County - 2002

Mountain Lake at Sunset Places Beaufort NC Cemetery

Best photos of my visit to Sonoma County (and a little corner of Napa) to photograph harvest and crush.

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First morning at Flowers Vineyards on Camp Meeting Ridge.  CMR lies at 1,300 feet in the Sonoma County Coastal Highlands, above the Pacific (which may be seen easily from parts of Joan and Walt Flowers's properties).   Jet-lagged, I arose well before dawn and saw the fog lying below CMR in the canyons, with ridges rising above.  What wonderful opportunities for great, moody photos.  The second photo, Fog in the Canyons, is very popular as a print.
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Chardonnay grapes, the last of the few batches on Camp Meeting Ridge not picked.
  IMG_7210_small.jpg (5267 bytes) Tandem Winery near Sebastopol:

Winery co-owner and principal winemaker, Greg LaFollette, atop a tank checking progress of fermentation; Greg at this point was working on no more than two hours sleep for each of at least the preceding two nights.

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Picking cabernet sauvignon grapes at Pride Mountain Vineyards high above St. Helena, on the Sonoma/Napa County line.  Pride's Cabernet Sauvignon and Claret wines are legendary among wine enthusiasts for their intensity of flavors and complexity -- not to mention their cost!

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