Friday, April 22, 2016

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk

Shale Oak Winery is right across the street from Red Soles Winery, and I explored both Red Soles and Shale Oak wineries at dusk. I enjoy the solitude and the view of the sunset I get when I make my vineyard visits as the sun is about to go  down. I usually don't stay as late as I did on this evening, January 14, 2014.  I was just in time to see the oak,  for which I assume the winery was named, reflected in the tasting room window. It made me wonder if the window was placed there just to catch that reflection.

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk



Here is the oak that's doing the reflecting. If you look across the street, you will see Red Soles Winery and vineyard. You can also see my white Volvo wagon parked on the street. The parking lots were, of course, closed when I arrived.

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk
Oak in front of Shale Oak Winery, © B. Radisavljevic

Here's another view of the tasting room. From this angle, the reflection is much different. It extends into the water below, which is part of the winery's advanced water circulation system. You can read more about Shale Oak's use of water on their website. 

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk
Another Reflection in Shale Oak's Window, © B. Radisavljevic

If you walk all the way around the building, as I did, you will not only see most of the water system and the oaks on the hill behind the tasting room, but you will also pass a number of patios where customers can sit and enjoy their wine. One of them is pictured below.

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk
 Patio outside Shale Oak Tasting Room, © B. Radisavljevic

Here is an entirely different view, taken from the back of the patio from the hill above. From this vantage point, you can look straight out at the oak in front.

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk
 Patio at Shale Oak from behind Patio Wall, © B. Radisavljevic

All patios are not the same. Here's one that's a bit cozier.

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk
A Cozy Patio Corner at Shale Oak, © B. Radisavljevic

All adventures and explorations must end sometime. I took the rising moon as my cue to leave and get a quick look at Red Soles Winery across the street before dark.

Shale Oak Winery at Dusk
Rising Moon as Seen from Shale Oak Winery Grounds, © B. Radisavljevic

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