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Wine Travel Guides loves good Wine Photos

March 15, 2011

We are currently working on updates to our travel guides to wine regions in France, Tuscany and Rioja. Up to now, we have only included one stunning photo per guide, the majority supplied by Mick Rock of Cephas Picture Library, professional specialists in wine photos. Now we have the facility to add photos to individual entries on the guides.

Edmond Jacquin et Fils

Jean-François Jacquin in Savoie ©Brett Jones

Like the picture on the left, we are gradually adding photos to the producers recommended on our site, as well as the places to stay, eat and shop, and we thought you might like to help. Would you like to see a photo you have taken on Wine Travel Guides and receive a PDF travel guide of your choice as a thank you?

Here’s what you should do:
Look through the travel guides on our website – all content is free to view. Find the guides to the regions you’ve visited, and on each guide click through the list of Producers and the Places to Stay, Eat and Shop to see if we include a producer or place you’ve visited and photographed on your visit. If you find one and would like us to share your photo on our website, then if it’s suitable, we will upload it, make sure you are properly credited and we will send you a free PDF wine travel guide of your choice for each photo we use.

How to send photos and conditions:

  • Send us any in-focus, bright pictures that represent the wine producer or venue well.
  • Size should ideally be around 300 x 400 pixels and 200 – 500KB.
  • Provide a caption to explain what your picture represents.
  • It is ESSENTIAL that you own the copyright for the picture. Include your name and/or how you would like the copyright credited.
  • Email as an attachment to admin[at]winetravelguides[dot]com. (We will not download pictures from your site or 3rd party site).
  • In your message let us know which PDF(s) you would like to receive as a thank you. These will be emailed to you as soon as we’ve published your picture (and we’ll include a note with the link so you can see your photo on our website and share it).
  • We reserve the right to edit your picture and your caption.
  • We reserve the right to accept or refuse your pictures.

There is no time limit on this although we will gradually be adding more pictures that we find ourselves so you may miss certain slots. As you plan your wine travels over the next few months, bear our request in mind so that you can send us any relevant photos on your return.

Thank you so much in advance of your help! And, as this is the perfect time to plan your wine travels for the year we are delighted to offer all readers of this post a special 30% discount off our normal price for Annual membership that gives access to the latest version of all our 52 PDF guides ready to download and/or print. Simply go to the Join Here page or to the Gifts page if you want to offer this to someone else, and enter the promotional code D2BLG0311. Once you click enter, the usual price of £29 will reduce to £20 (approx. US$33 or €24). This offer is valid until 30th April 2011.

We look forward to seeing and posting your photos on the site, and in a few months, we’ll post some of the best ones here on the blog.

Postcript: UK readers may like to check out the special opportunity to bid for a Savoie evening with Wink Lorch presenting a special selection of Savoie wines. 100% of funds received will go straight to Wine Relief, the UK wine trade’s fundraiser that supports Comic Relief’s work in Africa and the UK. Hurry! Bids must be in by March 18th 2011.

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On a Screen Near You Soon: A Dreamy Wine Tour

March 1, 2009

For years I’ve known that when it comes to talking about wine, words can hardly do justice to the liquid itself: you need to taste and drink a wine for it to become alive. It’s true, words can describe a beautiful vineyard, a fascinating winemaking process, an atmospheric wine cellar or even some of the interesting people in the wine business, but words can only go so far. Visual images – photos and illustrations – often do a better job, if I’m honest. So, I really should keep quiet and get to the point.

Sunset near Cahors © Mick Rock/Cephas

Sunset near Cahors in the south-west of France © Mick Rock/Cephas

To illustrate each guide on Wine Travel Guides, I’ve chosen just one photo (because otherwise the PDF guides would be hard to print), and most of the pictures were taken by Mick Rock. Mick has been photographing everything to do with wine for over 20 years and he owns Cephas Picture Library, one of the world’s largest wine-specialist photo libraries. The library’s photos have appeared in some of the best known wine books and journals, published throughout the world. Mick’s library also provided the photos for the banner above.

Now, Mick has released a DVD called French Wine Odyssey – his personal selection of pictures from the wine world in France, many of which feature on Wine Travel Guides. The 24-minute DVD runs through a dreamy sequence of images that take you from Champagne to Bordeaux with stops in many of the more obscure wine regions of France. The pictures lead you deep into the cellars and out into the midst of the most spectacular vineyards; they even introduce you to a few characters of the French wine world. Mick has commissioned background music, which goes with the flow of his pictures.

The DVD is particularly good when viewed on a large wide screen – it would make an ideal backdrop for any wine bar, wine shop, restaurant or even in your own living room. You can preview a short excerpt, view thumbnails of all the pictures and find details of how to purchase the DVD or license it for commercial use from the Wine Odysseys website.

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