Crushing on Virginia Wine with President Jefferson

“I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk, & restorative cordial.”
– Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Poplar Forest, August 17, 1811[1]

As a native Virginian, a travel story on Virginia wines is something that begins to truly come alive, visually, when you pair the modern wine industry with the vast history that surrounds the Monticello American Viticulture Area. One cannot experience the fruits of Virginia wine without paying homage to President Jefferson and his innovations to the Old Dominion’s beverage choices. When touring the central Virginia countryside by car, it is easy for one to imagine the early days of viticulture. Sampling Chardonnay, the regions most popular grape, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc is surely one of the easiest – and most enjoyable – ways to learn about wine.

Gather your inspiration…

“As great a picture can be made as one’s mental capacity–no greater. Art cannot be taught; it must be self-inspiration, though the imagination may be fired and the ambition and work directed by the advice and example of others.”Edward Weston

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”Jean-Luc Godard

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.” Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”Man Ray

“Photographers should actively look for ideas, attitudes, images, influences from the very best photographers of all ages. You cannot learn in a vacuum. The whole history of photography is a free and open treasure trove of inspiration. It would be masochistic to deny its riches and usefulness.”David Hurn, On Being a Photographer : A Practical Guide by David Hurn, Bill Jay

I feel strongly that as a creative professional one must gather their inspirations as a means of professional and personal development. This is an ongoing task, which can be achieved through many different methods. I benefit most when attending a semi annual, or annual event, and my time is dedicated to a concentrated gathering of ideas. Read More