ISO: The Perfect Wine in B&W

Wine Barrels

Wine Barrels

8 Photos in This Gallery, please click through to the original post to view them.

On my second day in Napa perfect weather prevailed and I visited a few more wineries. I have to say after tasting about 10 wines my palate goes to hell and I have no idea what is going on. There seems to be a trend here towards giving all the wines a buttery taste which comes from oak.



39 responses

  1. I have to agree you can only taste so much, I don’t know that I have a pallette that can discern all the descriptive flavors in the first place! 🙂


    December 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

    • Jenny, I know when it tastes “good”, that’s about it.


      December 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

  2. Gorgeous shot! Love the depth you have achieved here.


    December 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

  3. great series, love the wine barrels, awesome lighting! Right…not a fan of buttery oak flavors…I wouldn’t make a great wine connoisseur!


    December 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    • Heather, I am not a wine connoisseur either. Good wine costs more than I am willing to pay.


      December 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

      • hmmmm, maybe that is why I don’t care for the taste of most wines…I’ve not purchased a “good” wine, but then I wouldn’t know what makes a good wine??? For the amount I drink the Riesling and the occasional Pino Grigio is fine…


        December 30, 2013 at 9:58 am

        • Girls like white wine…


          December 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

        • lol…I’m not a girl…I’m far too old for that description… 🙂 many women love red wines…I’ve never tasted one that was to my liking though…as you say maybe I’ve never had a good wine?


          December 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        • 🙂 Happy New Year to you and yours…wishing you health, happiness & prosperity in the coming year!!!


          December 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

        • Thank you.


          December 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

  4. Nice photos! I’m not knowledgable either really. My hubby collects and knows, I just drink. My faves are Pinots grown on the Mendocino Coast like Navaro or grown up in Oregon. Or, better yet, in France where they are called Burgundys. 🙂


    December 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

  5. Lovely images…. Happy Holidays !


    December 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

  6. Wine tasting is fun but not too many at a time otherwise they all start to taste the same. and yous stat to talk fonny.


    December 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

  7. If I stay with a certain variety of wine (say just the Cab-Franc’s) I’m good for a day of tasting – but mix up the grapes and my palette goes numb too.


    December 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    • I enjoyed being up there for a variety of reasons and wine was one of them. There were also several good art exhibits, interesting architecture, good restaurants and great scenery. I expect to go back there in 2014.


      December 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  8. Alexandra

    I rarely drink wine, so I can’t appreciate good wine.. really… but I can appreciate good photos.. and yours are really good:)) I visited recently a winery, as part of an organized tourist trip, don’t have a single shot well focused, it was very dark even after I boosted up the ISO, my shots are nowhere near these here…:)) happy new year:)))


    December 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  9. Why yes, girls do like white wine. 🙂 As well as red, rose and sparkling… Lovely photos of a beautiful winery.


    December 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  10. Even with B&W shots I can smell and taste wine collection. Awesome light and shots.


    December 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm

  11. Beautiful


    December 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

  12. Some many casks to choose from. 🙂


    December 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  13. LB

    Oh I do like the lighing on those barrels!! lovely set of photos!
    I’m a cab / big bold red fan so buttery oaky chardonnays are not my favs … on the other hand, I wouldn’t complain if I was tasting in Napa!! 🙂


    December 31, 2013 at 6:44 am

    • I could dig a glass of wine out in the country and it doesn’t have to be Napa. Thank you for the many comments this year. Wishing you a great 2014.


      December 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

  14. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I’m looking forward to another great year of your wonderful posts!


    December 31, 2013 at 7:30 am

  15. Napa is an interesting place for historical reasons, but I’ve found getting a little further afield results in better wine tasting experiences. You’ve got to try Sonoma, Russian River and Anderson Valley, just to name a few that can be included on a day trip through that area of NorCal. For an illustrative comparison, try something like Peterson’s oaked vs. straight out of the steel versions of Savingnon Blanc in Dry Creek Valley, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference. Cheers!


    December 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    • I have heard Russian River is hot stuff.


      December 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      • Oh oh, that means the prices will be going up.

        BTW, if you want some nice non-vineyard photo ops, keep driving down 116 until you get to route 1 at the coast, and check out the Goat Rock area. There’s a guy in a pickup truck who sells smoked salmon on the side of the road in case you need something to go with the wine you find on the way.


        December 31, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        • Thanks for the info. A 2014 trip to the area is highly likely.


          December 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

  16. Think these really work in black and white


    June 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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