Friday, July 29, 2011

Wine Country

Wine, drink of the gods
born in a land of magic
earthly beauty hurts!

Hall Napa Valley, Napa County
Halls Napa Valley, Napa County

Korbel Champagne Cellars Brandy Tower, Sonoma County
Korbel Champagne Cellars, Brandy tower, Sonoma County

Artesia Vineyard, and Winery, Napa County
Artesia Vineyard and Winery, Napa County

I'm always finding something to bring home when I visit Half-Price Books.
In this case it was this postcard book.
Thirty of the most beautiful postcards I've ever seen.
The images are so lovely that they almost make me *hurt*.

"Wine Country: 30 Postcards published by Chronicle Books
c 2009 Thea Schrack.
Thea Schrack is a San Francisco photographer known for her
painted photographs.
Ms. Schrack's love and understanding of nature is evident in all her work.
Her originals can be seen at the I Wolk Gallery in St. Helena, California

Also from the back of the postcard book:
"The storied beauty of California's wine country comes to life in this
collection of 30 postcards by artist and photographer Thea Schrack.
Lovingly painted with her encaustic beeswax and pigment, these images 
of Napa and Sonoma counties most beloved wineries are an ideal
showcase of the region's warmth, beauty and timeless romance."

A big thank you to our hostesses:

Wishing YOU well and a joy filled weekend.


Marit said...

Aaahhh... a glass of wine on Friday! Cheers to the weekend, cheers to you!

Rosie said...

Now that is a find - a treasure, in fact! Love your accompanying haiku, though I don't understand the "hurts"? I can be very 'blonde'!

Pondside said...

Yes, so much beauty can cause a pang in the region of the heart.
I've always wished to visit the wine country - perhaps some day - and then I'll do a little tasting too!

Sheila said...

I wonder how many of these lovely postcards you will frame. They remind me of Italy. thanks so much for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day!

Dawn Elliott said...

Wine...delicate ambrosia, when sipped in moderation! I love your haiku and the wonderful postcard images. Great topic for this lazy Friday.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Great find! I love these photos and though I no longer drink, I can feel the tang on my tongue and the bouquet when I put my face to the glass.

The Tablescaper said...

I'm a huge fan of Korbel champagne and now that I see their tower, I'm even more so. Hope to see you Sunday.

- The Tablescaper

Janet said...

The wine country of California is so beautiful and your postcards show that. "Clink"'s to you!

Stephanie said...

What a lovely way to kickoff the weekend!

Noelle Renee said...

I have been to the Korbel winery. It is a lovely place. Beautiful pictures. I thought they were all photographs initially. Lovely. A good glass of wine on a Friday afternoon is the best!

Barb said...

I like visiting the rolling hills of Napa where the grapes form a chorus line as far as the eye can see. Nice postcards, Snap - took me back to my travels there.

rebecca said...

golden, lovely...
in every way.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

A great theme for the post and the postcard book - what's not to like! I love the look of the Brandy Tower.

Sharon said...

I think we should all meet in your postcard. I'll bring the cork screw!

Diann said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

deb did it said...

wine, fruit of the wine, my first choice is red

Postcard Perfect said...

Refreshing glass of wine! I've been to Napa Valley only once and it is a great place to see.

Nanka said...

Looks like God's own country!! Very refreshing and cheers!!

Margaret Pangert said...

What a find in those postcards! And truly the "earthly beauty hurts!" I love that whole area along the Russian River and up toward Mendocino... And the wineries are a world of their own.