Moments from 2013 in Photos
It’s overwhelming to look back through the mass of photos, and stack of wine interview/tasting notebooks I developed in the 2013 calendar year. I can’t say clearly enough how grateful I am.
I went through the photos I’ve taken, and picked a few images to highlight moments from the year. It reminded me how important it is to look back just for a sense of perspective. I didn’t realize how much I’d done until I took the time to consider it.
Here are a few photos. It was hard to choose.
Visiting with Carole Meredith and Stephen Lagier of Lagier-Meredith, aka SCIENTIST LEGEND and SYRAH MASTER (I’m realizing I should send them capes)
Touring the Sta Rita Hills as part of two weeks devoted to Santa Barbara County wine, here one of the dogs of Pence Ranch.
Standing in front of the Southern Ocean while traveling Victoria, Australia
Watching my brother-in-law run the Napa Valley Marathon. So proud of him.
Visiting the iconic, old vine, elevation Monte Rosso Vineyard with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Carla Rzeszewski
the aftermath of an excellent afternoon with Smith-Madrone
Ryan Glaab, Hardy Wallace, and Pax Mahle before the 7 Percent Solution Tasting
Spending time in the Santa Cruz Mountains, here with the gang at Fogarty Vineyards
My label for the Australian wine, Between Five Bells H-Cote Blend, shown here as it wraps the bottle–It was even selected as “Beautiful Thing for the Week” by Australia’s Wine Business Magazine. Custom wall pieces of my drawings also went up in the new wine room of the Villandry Restaurant in London, and in multiple homes and tasting rooms in the United States, and I got to illustrate for a few different magazines and wine programs, including Serious Eats, and Le Metro.
Visiting Lodi over several trips in both Summer and Fall, here in the Peninsula of Mokelumne River AVA with Tegan Passalacqua
Spending time in people’s homes sharing wine, heritage, and interviews, here with Ron Silva as he prepares Portuguese food for dinner, Alta Mesa AVA
Exploring old vine vineyards with the Perlegos brothers, Clements Hills AVA
Meeting the goats at La Clarine Farm with Hank Beckmeyer
Touring through various El Dorado Vineyards with Chris Pittenger and Hardy Wallace
Visiting with dear friends in Willamette Valley, Oregon, here Remy Drabkin and Lisa Shara Hall
Celebrating my parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary
Tasting through the complete history of winemaking from newer labels of California, here Evan Frazier of Ferdinand
Keeping up with ongoing stories in Napa wine, here Matthew Rorick harvesting his St Laurent from Carneros
Tasting and Touring the Languedoc, lunch floating the canal du Midi from Carcassonne
Visiting Valdobbiadene, and the hills of the Prosecco DOCG, here with Silvia, Primo, and Annalisa Franco of Nino Franco
Traveling Northern Italy with friends, here with Jeremy Parzen in Venice
Tasting and Driving through Chilean wine from Santiago, the Holy Virgin at the top of San Cristobal Hill
Studying and Touring Wines of Mendoza, Argentina along the foot of the Andes
I have so much to write still. My stack of notebooks from the last year is over 10 inches high. This month still I have a number of illustrations and wall pieces, plus a couple of labels to do, and freelance articles to write, along with tastings and interviews with winemakers. My plate is full. I am so grateful. I am also tired.
To celebrate I’ve decided to take the rest of the year off from posting on this blog. I’ll be catching up on tons of work off blog. Also, it’s time to rejuvenate through the dark month, and come back in the new year refreshed and excited again for work.
Looking forward to seeing you here just after the new year. In the meantime, feel free to email me, as always, or find me on Twitter or Facebook.
Enjoy a wonderful remainder of December, and the holidays. Thankful with all my heart.
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Thanks dear friend
What a year! How lucky we are to have all this to be grateful for. Get some rest!
what a truly epic year you’ve had. all the places you’ve travelled, people you’ve met, wine you’ve drunk – it’s no wonder you’re tired! i hope you have a a very restful December. love and hugs to you!
Great posting and beautiful photos. A full year, indeed! Enjoy your much needed break, rejuvenate as much as possible. Here’s to a 2014 filled with every grace and blessing!
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If anyone deserves to rest for a bit, it’s you. After that, keep up the amazing — and inspirational — work.
You’ve had an amazing year and it’s been a joy to follow along. Hope your 2014 is even more epic.
Elaine! You are so sweet to include me here! I’m so glad that we’re friends and I love following your adventures through your blog. Our time in Venice was kind of surreal, wasn’t it? We need to get back there together so I can show you “my Venice”… We will, I know…
I really mean it when I say that your blog is always an inspiration for me and that I feel like you and I are kindred spirits on- and offlilne…
Also on our list: a glass of Haute-Saône Vin de Pays…
Sending lots of love from Austin, Texas, from our family to yours… abbraccione J
This is my first comment on your blog, but I just wanted to tell you I love what you do — your drawings help my synapses make sense of what’s in a bottle. Thank you for pedaling from academia into the food world. I am an English professor (also former poet) who writes about artisan cheese. Feeling out the line breaks in a rind has changed my life. Learning to pair wine is coming slowly — your prose and illustrations help enormously.
Raising a glass to you,