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I spent a day with Les Bourgeois wine maker Jacob Holman during the winery’s “off season” in February of 2012. During the day he transferred Pink Fox into a new tank and prepared trials of Traminette for a tasting the following day.
The last time I went out to cover a story at Les Bourgeois was last summer for the Missourian. Marty Steffens, a professor at MU saw it and entered it into the SABEW (Society for American Business Editors and Writers) Best in Business contest for 2011. Turns out it won an honorable mention in the student category. Which I am assured is very similar to 2nd place.
They announced their winners today (click here) – and the professional winners are pretty heady, with the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and LA Times pretty well represented. Anyway, my name is clear at the bottom. Thanks to both my mother, Jeanne Abbott, and Katherine Reed for helping to edit the story prior to publication.
For my one day story I spent a day with the Jacob Holman, the wine maker at the Les Bourgeois vineyard in Rocheport, Mo.
On this day, Jacob spent time preparing wine for tasting in his lab. He then went over to the new production facility to switch the 2011 vintage of Pink Fox – made from Catawba grapes – from one tank to another.
Injury accident around the corner from my house, thought I would take some pictures.
Alison went to school at Truman State University where she began playing rugby. Now, she lives and works in Columbia, but still plays on a club team – The Black Sheep.
Having National Geographic photographer Peter Essick talk to the class was nice. He showcased a lot of his environmental photographic stories, starting from his earlier days with the publication up to recent projects he is currently working on.
I like the idea of doing landscape, outdoor, environmental photography – as it lends itself to the type of places I enjoy being. I also found it inspirational, making me think of trying to tackle more ambitious projects, like delving into the environment and people of Alaska – my rarely visited birthplace. Like Essick himself said though, “it’s hard to know where to start.”