My neighbor, Steve, is in hog heaven. He's a marketing VP for a small Silicon Valley firm, but his real passion is wine. He's been taking courses, and makes trips to Napa and Sonoma on a regular basis. A couple of Silicon Valley types have just opened up a wine bar at our local strip mall, and Steve's landed a part time, evening gig as they wine guru. It pays about as well as flipping burgers at MacDonalds, but he's surrounded by lovely bottles of vino, and living his dream . Since I do a little dreaming myself, I brought my d70, The Beast, and an SB800 to this week's wine tasting at Unwined last night. I got permission to take a few shots, and have an appointment to present them to the owners this afternoon. I got a lot of oohs and aahs over the rig, and it clearly identified me as someone serious about snapping pics. Here's my suggestion for their store graphic. We can make posters from it that they can sell, and also postcards to send announcements to the folks on their mailing list. View attachment 10958 I'm also suggesting they have me document each winery that presents at their tastings. We can frame them and hang them in a grouping in the retail sales area to distinguish them from ordinary retailers. View attachment 10959 A shot of the bartender on his birthday. View attachment 10960 And to close the deal, I took an environmental portrait of the owner while he was charming one of the lady customers. I'll offer to barter it for some fine wine . View attachment 10961 My real targets, though, are those beautiful empty walls. I want to consign some of my prized framed prints for display, and sell them to the upscale crowd that frequents the wine bar. Wish me luck.