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A visit to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Recently I was up in the area near Redmond, Washington for a friend’s wedding. On the last day of the trip, we stopped in on Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to walk around the grounds and take a tour of the bottling facility. Fortunately I had my camera with me and took some shots of the beautiful surroundings as well as inside the winery itself.
The tour mentioned that the original owners of the winery had a fondness for planting exotic plants and trees on the grounds. This tree caught my eye almost immediately.

European Copper Beech

European Copper Beech

The tree is a European copper beech.

I loved the views looking up at its trunk and branches.

Beautiful colors in the leaves

Beautiful colors in the leaves

Just a gorgeous tree

Just a gorgeous tree

And here’s a quick not very exciting look at the tree from afar:

The copper beech from afar

The copper beech from afar

This tree was not the only sight that caught my eye.

Mushrooms and green

Mushrooms and green

Beautiful lawn and garden

Beautiful lawn and garden

Soon it was time to go on the tour of the winery. Since we were there on a holiday, no one was working to bottle any wine that day. This made for some fun shots of the empty industrial apparatus that makes up the winery’s bottling operations.

Wine tanks

Wine tanks

Wine tanks detail

Wine tanks detail

We later encountered a series of tanks which I think were steel but reflected the copper colored lighting and maroon walls in spectacular fashion. The rivets made really awesome patterns.

Tanks and copper light

Tanks and copper light

Rivet detail. Really beautiful patterns.

Rivet detail. Really beautiful patterns.

Tank study in black and white

Tank study in black and white

3068 gallons each - that's a lot of wine

3068 gallons each - that's a lot of wine

Giant wine barrel

Giant wine barrel

Barrels of wine in the showroom

Barrels of wine in the showroom

It was a really fun diversion.

June 16, 2010 - 6:23 am

Nancy Culbertson - Beautiful pictures!

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