Saturday, September 8, 2012

Savannah Chanelle Winery, September 6, 2012

A peaceful, sunny day on the mountain amongst loaded grape vines with views of the valley shrouded in mist.  Twenty artists enjoyed painting around the house, garden and the tasting room, and we were provided with some large umbrellas on the picnic tables for some welcome shade. 

Lesle Grimm

Sunny Chen

Joanne Pommers
"The Savannah-Chanelle Winery is great paintsite with many possibilities. Well worth a return visit!"

Sylvia Waddell
What a beautiful site with lots to paint. Great to see so many of our artists  in among the vines!

Brad Santos 
The small summer storms that came through the Bay Area the first week of September produced some wonderful (and rare) cloud formations for our paint-out.     I wandered out into the vineyard to find a spot from which to paint both vines and clouds.    It wasn't until I came back for lunch that someone mentioned that the area was teeming with rattlesnakes.   But the view was so wonderful I probably would have ventured out anyway.

Jenny Tero
The house wasn't really falling over!  I appreciated the bottle of Pinot Noir I received in exchange for the painting.
Marilyn Perry
The assistant winemaker told us that these 102 year old Zinfandel vines are "head pruned" which makes picking the grapes much harder, like hunting for Easter eggs.  Vines this old produce only about 1/3 as many tons per acre as young vines.  But the grapes are exceptionally good so the wine commands a high price.

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