This is the second installment of a shoot that I did at Ma(i)sonry in Yountville in the same day. In addition to doing a commercial shoot at this beautiful location for Restoration Hardware, the garden was the scene for a welcome dinner for the 35th Annual Auction Napa Valley. The private dinner was hosted by Blackbird Vineyards and Bulgari. This impressive wine-pairing dinner was expertly prepared by renowned Chef Victor Scargle. As this was part of the fundraising auction, models mingled with guests adorned in Bulgari jewels which were up for auction. On the dining table were more jewels and watches by Bulgari under glass. As a lover of food wine, and the finer things in life, this was a real treat for me. Some of my images landed on the DuJour Blog. Check out the whole story here.
When two successful brands come together as one, it’s exciting to watch what emerges. Such was the case with Restoration Hardware and Napa Valley’s beloved Ma(i)sonry. Imagine how honored I must have been when asked to photograph their partnership. In Yountville, Ma(i)sonry is a locally loved and respected art gallery and boutique wine tasting room, in a country farmhouse setting, with a private garden that can be rented for private parties. It’s listed on the National Historic Register for it’s rich history in Napa Valley. Recently Restoration Hardware purchased Ma(i)sonry. Now in addition to being a wine tasting room and art gallery, it’s also an interior design gallery. I’m extremely proud of the images that came out this shoot, and know you’re going to love them too.
As an added bonus to such as a decadent shoot, this became a two-part project. Ma(i)sonry became the site for a very special dinner on the patio for a fundraising auction. It included amazing cuisine and Bulgari jewels. That blog post is coming up next!
As a photographer based in Napa, I have a love affair with all things food and wine. From enjoying the flavors the valley has to offer, and then being able to photograph them, I’m a pretty fortunate guy. My relationship with Somm Journal allows me to do just that all over California. For the recent October/November 2015 issue I captured images in Livermore Valley of Winemaker Karl Wente of Wente Vineyards.
The Wente Family has such a rich history in the Livermore Valley. Known as the First Family of Chardonnay, their family has owned and operated the vineyard for five generations. They are known as the oldest consistently operating winery in the nation. I love their philosophy about the stewardship of their land and their belief in sustainable ecology. Don’t take it from me, read the entire story. It’s an inspiring story of the land, winemaking and family, and it was so great to be the one to shoot the images. In addition to the featured photos in the issue, I’m sharing some of my favorites of the day. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
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.