14 April, 2011

Hop Kiln (HKG) Winery and Kenwood Inn, Sonoma Valley


This was definitely one of the more pleasurable on-location photography assignments, nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley, smack in the lap of luxury at the fabulous Kenwood Inn & Spa. Condé Nast rates the Inn as one of the Top 100 Destination Hotels in the World; I would rate it the top hotel I've ever nursed a cold in. (Yes, I was sick while there, but O, what a place to recuperate!) With port wine and piped-in Pavarotti on tap, and a fireplace in the boudoir, there really isn't any visible holds barred. Nary a TV on the premises, you are truly free from outside bombardment.

On to the shoot.

The shoot was supposed to happen at HKG's Tasting Room a couple of miles down the road in Glen Ellen, but due to some construction issues beyond their control, it wasn't in the perfect state for shooting. Since the two chefs and sommelier of Kenwood Inn have had a hand in creating the menu for Hop Kiln Winery's new tasting room venture, it was appropriate enough to work directly from Kenwood's kitchen.

Here are some of the highlights of the HKG wine pairing menu, some of the creators behind the food and wine selections, and the decor of the truly breathtaking Kenwood Inn.

Many thanks to Lissa Gruman (of Gruman & Nicoll PR firm), Karl Bruno (General Manager of Kenwood), and Jean Leggett (photography assistant extraordinaire) for all having a hand in this shoot. A final shout out to the fabulous chefs and wine director: Pastry Chef Khambay Khamsyvoravong, Executive Chef Andrea Di Loreto, and Wine Director, Ann Davis.








The ladies of Kenwood Inn



The pastry chef and one of her creations


The dining room

The view from my bed




16 comments:

  1. Fabulous job, Jackie! I'm sure they will be thrilled with the results!

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  2. These are all so beautiful Jackie - looks like it was a wonderful and fun shoot (and tasty too)!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous. Great photography should make a viewer desire to be immediately transported to the destination, crave the food and wine depicted. Your series succeeds in both arenas ... I have a visceral response and want to be there - at that location - right now. Kudos!

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  4. Jackie, these are amazing. Do you light the room/food when you shoot or is this just available light? It's so much fun checking out your work!

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  5. Looks like it was a fantastic shoot! That meringue looks incredible!!!

    Great work!

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  6. Great job! My taste buds are awake. xo

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  7. That banana cream pie needs to be in a Bond film or something. It's lethal and sexy.

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  8. I forgot to comment on this previously. These photos are gorgeous, what a cool assignment!

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  9. The cakes are just to die for. The photos of the place looks wonderful too.

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  10. What is that Spiky cake(6th picture)? How did you make it? I wonder what that taste like.

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  11. This is just awesome. The food look so majestic and beautiful.

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  12. Hop Kiln (HKG) Winery food creations look so lovely. I think I'll try them out for myself.

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  13. Is that a pumpkin soup? It looks so deliciously. Just like what they say, all delicious foods should always start from the eyes.
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  14. Extremely gorgeous Hotel! I think their catering service will be very expensive for me though. I hope they have an affordable service package.

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  15. Those mini cakes look appetizing! Can you list the name of those cakes?

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