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Welcome Back Photographer Andy Katz

Please join me in welcoming back photographer Andy Katz, whose work will again be featured weekly in the Vinography Images series starting this week.

Whenever I think of Andy Katz, I will always remember a particular moment from my trip to South Africa in the fall of 2008. He and I, along with four other journalists were riding in a van towards the Franschhoek Valley amidst intermittent rain showers and bursts of sunlight. We rounded a bend in the road and Andy started literally jumping up and down in his seat as he pleaded with the driver to stop the van. Out he leapt, before the vehicle had even come to a complete stop and rushed up a small embankment where he stood for the next 10 minutes as sunlight washed across a field of yellow canola beneath one of the most beautiful rainbows I've ever seen.

After recovering from our mix of shock and delight, the rest of us barreled out to join him in taking pictures or to simply gape at the beauty of the moment. And that wasn't the last time on that drive we had the same experience.

Andy's photographic journeys have taken him around the globe. From the Old Country in Eastern Europe to the bustling streets of India, to the California wine country, his subjects are as diverse as his travels and adventures.

Andy has published a dozen books of his work, including A Portrait of Napa and Sonoma; Concannon: The First One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years; New Zealand: Sea, Earth, Sky; Private Reserve; Robert Mondavi Winery; The Heart of Burgundy; Tuscany and Its Wines; and Vineyard. His prints are featured in museums and galleries worldwide including his own in Healdsburg, California.

Andy discovered his love for photography at a slightly younger age than he discovered his love of wine. These two passions have fueled his travels and his work for decades, and continue to do so.

You can see more of his work, as well as make inquiries about limited edition prints at his web site: andykatzphotography.com.

His work will be featured here weekly for at least the next year.

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