Critique Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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Not to be confused with the Montepulciano grape, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a regional name for the local version of Sangiovese. I liked the bottle so I photographed it. I haven't tasted the wine yet.

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The tabletop and background are a single sheet of black fabric with gold metallic flecks. A small continuous-light lamp fitted with a diffusion sock was above the bottle and a little to the right of center. Two white reflectors, one on the left and one on the right, added reflections to both sides of the bottle.


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I like the lighting setup Mike - thanks for the description! The side reflectors work perfectly! The light runs directly into the label, and unifies the picture.
 
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The bottle is very well lit, but I'm not a fan of the gold flecks in the background cloth. Different strokes, as they say...

I'll be interested in your opinion of the wine as I have four bottles of it but haven't yet tried any.
 
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One thing we can be sure of is that though it might be very enjoyable, it almost certainly won't deserve the rating of 98 points.
I never pay much attention to ratings anyway.

Have you tried it yet?

Montepulciano is a beautiful place...and beautiful describes this image. Well shot, Mike!
I've never been there, but I've been all around it. Need to get it on the schedule!
 
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I really like this lighting and exposure. The bottle and label and lighting are so striking that I do find the background distracting a little bit. We all have our own personal taste in imaging so I will toss this up to my own artistic likes vs yours. I look forward to hearing how it tastes.
 
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Thanks, Walter!

We all have our own personal taste in imaging
So true!

There is another factor that goes into my process of choosing tabletop and background appearances that I believe most viewers of an image understandably don't take into account when viewing just one image: I consider my body of work. I could very easily use a perfectly plain tabletop and background but then all my images would look too much the same to my taste. Even though I make photos in different styles, I still suffer from having too many of them in the same style.

Back to your comment about personal taste: Wine Enthusiast magazine regularly features photo styles that I abhor because of the strong shadows and harsh reflections. Someone if not many someones at that magazine like that style for whatever reasons, but I don't think I'll ever get used to it. So, I've never made a photo in that style.
 
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Have you tried it yet?
My wife and I definitely enjoyed drinking it. It's not what I would call a drinking wine (wine that I would especially look forward to drinking on its own without being paired with food). However, when paired with a one-dish meal of braised potatoes, green beans, onions and tomatoes, the wine was thoroughly enjoyable.
 
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I would expect a wine like that to be primarily a dinner wine.

Do you think it would go with spinach lasagna? This is a dish my wife makes with homemade pasta, alternating layers of spinach, ricotta cheese and parmesan, and tomato sauce with garlic, oregano, and béchamel sauce and a touch of nutmeg.
 
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