Recently, I had the pleasure of being invited to photograph a small and intimate company event that took place in beautiful Sonoma Country. My clients took their VIP clients to a private luncheon, wine tasting and promenade tour at the gorgeous Hanzell Winery, one of the oldest operating wineries in Sonoma. This winery is a secret gem tucked in oh-so quietly within the mountain ridges of Sonoma and those who know of its existence probably don't mind keeping it to themselves. The drive to the Hanzell property is unassuming and once you get through the iron gates, you are taken to a tranquil, intimate and simply exhilarating place. It is a perfect setting for new friendships, new beginnings or just simply, a quiet celebration of life, existence and human connections. And I am going to add, I have never enjoyed Chardonnay as much as I did until this day.
At the property of Hanzell:
The group's post lunch affair was at Corison Winery where Cathy Corison, the woman owner, winemaker and producer of the classic Cabernet Sauvignon shares her tale of striking a balance between strength and elegance through her signature cab she named "Kronos" ~ from the Greek God son of heaven and earth.
Off of the Saint Helena Highway, magic happens within the confines of this old victorian barn. But you must come and see for yourself.
Overlooking Kronos Vineyard:
The cast that made this day special. Like wines, each tells a compelling story without actually telling it. I am fortunate enough to be able to get a few moments with each of them and let them share with me a gist of their tale..Thank you for trusting me.
This was the first frame I took of them. As a photographer, I think it is important to let our clients know that we can be trusted. The difference between a snapshot and a photograph lies on the fact that a photograph shows you what the heart is...what lies beneath..
When you allow them to tell you their story, this is what you get. Apparently, they have for work related reasons, been separated from each other for some time and they have just recently reunited. For the photographers out there, crop in tighter...
To Zakk, Amelia and Ben: Thank you for your warm hospitality and for making our visit at Hanzell "beautiful".