A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of photographing Chefs Duskie Estes and John Steward of Zazu Kitchen of Sonoma. This shoot was for The Clever Root, a Farm to Table Food Magazine. It was such a pleasure working with the Chefs and literally shooting from the farm to the food on the table. I love what Chef Duskie signed on my copy of the magazine below. “Alexander You Rock! Bacon Everyday!” A perfect quote from the Queen of Pork herself.
We had a very busy spring and 3 different eiotirial shoots in the April issue of the SOMM Journal. The first was a shoot of Master Sommeliers Robert Bath and Tim Gaiser at the Culinary Institute of America In St. Helena. They tasted and evaluated 47 different Australian Sharaz’s. Next was a story the amazing food an wine event Flavor Napa Valley that featured among many other Iron Chef Morimoto. The third was a blind tasting event featuring Andrea Robinson one of only 21 female Master Sommeliers in the world.
Below is a great story I photographed for The Tasting Panel Magazine with Master Sommelier’s Fred Dame and William Sherer SOMM at Redd in Yountville and owner of Remix Wines. I am looking forward to seeing Fred in the upcoming documentary Somm: Inside the Bottle, the sequel of the 2012 documentary SOMM.
Take a look at the cover shoot I recently photographed for Napa Valley Magazine’s 13th annual Most Intriguing People issue. For the story I photographed the founder of Luna Vineyards Michael Moone and Andre Crisp the President and CEO of Luna.
September was a very busy month for Rubin Photography! Along with a number of commercial shoots, we had 3 photo shoots for the October issue of
The Tasting Panel Magazine. The first shoot was at Hahn Winery, located in the Santa Lucia Highlands in beautiful Monterey Wine Country. We spent the day photographing and touring the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards with the president of Hahn Family Wines, Tony Baldini and the Director of Winemaking,
Paul Cliften. The second shoot was at ChalkBoard Restaurant in downtown Healdsburg, California, and featured specialty cocktails made with Charles Goodnight bourbon. The third shoot featured Jennifer Gomez, the Wine Director for San Francisco’s Jardiniere Restaurant, and Graham’s Six Grapes Old Vine Special Edition.
Last month, I had the fortune to shoot at the esteemed Jardiniere Restaurant, home to culinary legend Traci Des Jardins, for the upcoming edition of The SOMM Journal. The article features Jennifer Gomez, the Wine Director for San Francisco’s Jardiniere restaurant and Graham’s Six Grapes Old Vine Special Edition.
Below is a selection of my favorite images from a recent shoot ( and tasting !) at Benanti Winery , located near Catania, in Sicily . The winery has a long history and dates back to the late 1800’s. Benanti’s vineyard sits on an ancient and volcanic crater near the slopes of Mt. Etna , one of the oldest vinicultural areas in eastern Sicily. In fact, some of the oldest D.O.C’s are from this area. The rich volcanic soil and high temperature variation give these grapes amazing flavor. The primary grapes grown near the base of Mt. Etna are Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccino, but Benati is known for it’s production of non-indigenoius grapes. As a Napa wine photographer, I have tasted many different varieties of wine, but the “vino” I drank in Sicily ranks among the finest! The wine was so delicious, my wife and I sent a case back home to California!
In May I did a shoot for Branca International in Tuscany, Italy. Branca International is the maker of Fernet Branca, which many of you foodies out there have sipped on after a delicious meal. Villa Branca is in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Region. Branca makes Chianti Classico and hearty Tuscan Olive Oil. The Villa’s history is long by american standards- the cellar dates back to the 1300’s and was previously owned by the Medici family! The vineyards and wine cellar are just spectacular. I had am amazing time working with the winemaking and management team of Stefano and Anna Serbakova. So in addition to an incredible photo shoot, I gained new friendship that day in Tuscany.