The Friendly Still on the Hill
Hi A phone call from Melbourne started this job off. Charbay’s Director of Marketing lives there you see. All in all It was a great international day because I had just gotten off the phone with some incredibly gracious principals at World of Interiors Magazine, in England. Anyway back to Melbourne, where I was asked to put a shoot together of the family distillery and winery, which is in the Napa Valley. The family live and work on their property, at the top of Spring Mountain above St Helena. We needed to show the stills, tasting room, patio, and especially the casks of port where a theif extracts a ruby column of nectar for guests to sample. Marco Karakasevic is now the Master Distiller, following a European heritage reaching back XIII generations. He and his wife Jenni are in the center group photo below. Miles and Susan Karakasevic own the independent family business. John is seen pouring in the tasting room. So after a tough couple of months in the photo business, I certainly got a boost from our European and Australian neighbors who are exceedingly polite, gracious, and encouraging, … and who still like to have a conversation on the phone. Its kind of like me still using light to paint a picture. Traditions for good reason!