I usually take the photographs for my Winery Christmas Lights (WCL) series after dark to showcase the Christmas lights in all of their glistering glory. Unfortunately, the Christmas trees at Darioush Winery, on the Silverado trail, are behind locked gates at night and thus inaccessible to me and my camera (unless I have a telephoto lens). So, this week I decided to revisit a previous WCL to get up close and personal, so to speak, with the winery's decorations.
The architectural style of Darioush is not one of my favourites in the valley, I have to say. Designing a winery building in California to look like a temple in Persepolis (in ancient Persia) works I suppose if you are Iranian, and proprietor Darioush Khaledi is indeed Iranian. Khaledi grew up in Shiraz, (yes, it has been suggested that that is where the actual grape of the same name originated), apparently fell in love with wine at an early age, became rich, started a winery, etc. Darioush specialises in Bordeaux varietal wines, but they do make a very nice Viognier also. But, back to the lights.
Darioush has four Christmas trees, bedecked with garlands made from large leaves (Magnolia fraseri perhaps), some a natural dried brown and some sprayed totally silver. Three of the trees have blue lights and one has white (the lights in previous years have all been blue). Blue lights always look a bit cold and austere to me, and somehow leave me feeling a little well, blue. Something more red, green and sparkly is more in order if I am to be completely honest, but I am appreciative that this winery made any effort at all.