Sunday, March 29, 2015

'Bottle Shock" with '70's Flavour

If you've not seen the movie "Bottle Shock" starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine and Dennis Farina, then check it out on Netflix.  It's all about the emerging Napa Valley Wine industry in the '70's and the impact it had on the skeptic French wine sommeliers. The scene above where the blind tasting event was held, reflected Euro vintage vehicles on a rustic farm as if it were set in France (and convincingly pulled off).  However, scenes were shot n the beautiful California Napa Sonoma Valley.  

Alan Rickman played the wacky, amusing and doubting Frenchmen.

The European sommeliers who came to do the blind taste test that included California wines.  The winner was of course the California Chardonnay.
The Chateau Montelena is owned in real life by Jim Barrett played by Bill Pullman.

 This indoor-outdoor living set up was pretty cool for a young girl to live free and easy among the vineyards.  The music was darn good also!

Check the movie's worth it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Map Arts

                       Occasionally I've posted unique and creative uses with maps for travel lovers.                                Here's a rose made from a map.  Very cleaver don't you think?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Big Night Movie

A lighthearted movie about two brothers as Italian chefs who run a flailing restaurant. Although filmed in 1996, the setting was the 60's which reminded me of visiting with my Italian family.  There I learned about the routine gatherings where everyone socializes around the much loved meal.  Stanley Tucci and Isabella Rosselini are outstanding in their roles.  Continue to see more of the kitchen, food and movie...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Euro Color Study

Chic color study...loved the clay pots from Pinterest so I made this color study...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ciao Amore!

                    Fess Parker Wine
Rommancing Venice....

                                                                                                                           Ciao's rendering

Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter White London and Rome

Beautiful snow scenes in London, Paris (Louvre) and the Trevi Fountain, Rome.

                                                                                AD photos
                                                                    Ciaotraveler photo

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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