Somm Journal – Wente Vineyards

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.

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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.Alexander_Rubin_Photography_Napa_Editorial_Wine_Photographer_Wente_Vineyards_0007









Zazu Kitchen Sonoma

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.

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Somm Journal | April 2015

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.

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Fort Funston | San Francisco, CA

Fort Funston features 200 foot high sandy bluffs on San Francisco’s southwest coast.  It has staggering views of the ocean and city.  Take a look at a few images I captured at this amazing park.


Simple Wine News Magazine | Cover Photoshoot and Feature

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the cover and feature story about Ridge Vineyard for Simple Wine News Russia.  I photographed Paul Draper, chief winemaker at the vineyard since 1969.  Draper first gained recognition for his 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, when it placed 5th in the Judgment of Paris wine tasting.  If you haven’t tried Ridge wines, they are a must!  The winery is composed of two main vineyards in California, one in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Cupertino, and the other in Sonoma.  Take a look at the story below!


Brenthaven Lifestyle Photoshoot

Below is a lifestyle shoot for Brenthaven’s advertising campaign for their new line of travel bags and cases.  We captured images at the Seattle Convention Center and around downtown Seattle.  Take a look at a selection below.  More of the photographs from the campaign can be seen here!

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