2016 NCBJ San Francisco Annual Conference – Conference News Photographers Off Duty

Bankruptcy Judges Bob Jacobvitz (D.N.M.) and Rodney May (M.D. Fla.) are the two NCBJ Conference News photographers. If you have attended an NCBJ conference, you may have seen us taking pictures. Below are photos we took while in San Francisco to attend the Annual Conference or in Sonoma and Napa Valleys after the Conference.

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Photos by Robert H. Jacobvitz

This is the downstairs of the Mercantile Building in San Francisco where a bankruptcy judges dinner was held Thursday night during the Conference. This is quite a place.
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After the SF Annual Conference, my wife and I headed north to spend a couple days in wine country. Our first stop was the Patz & Hall Winery in the City of Sonoma in Sonoma Valley.
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We then headed south to the Ridge Lytton Springs Winery near Healdsburg. This is one of Ridge’s beautiful vineyards.
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Our final winery visit of the day was at the Matanzas Creek Winery near Santa Rosa to taste some excellent Merlot. The next three photos depict the winery’s wonderful lavender garden. The lavender had already been harvested leaving behind these sculpted plants.
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This interesting shed is to the left of the Matanzas Creek lavender garden.
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The next day we visited three wineries near Calistoga at the north end of Napa Valley: Chateau Montelena, Frank’s Family Vineyard and Clos Pagase

I took the next five photos at Chateau Montelena, one of the world’s great wineries. This is the north side of the winery.
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A close up of wine barrels shown in the preceding picture.
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This tasting room is just inside Chateau Montelena’s visitor’s center.
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A bridge next to the Chateau Montelena Chinese water garden built by a prior owner.
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A Pagoda at the Chateau Montelena Chinese water garden.
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Frank’s Family Winery is not quite as picturesque as some of the other wineries we visited, but the people are very friendly and the wine is excellent.
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Finally, we visited the Clos Pagase Winery. It is quite a place to see. The first photo shows a vineyard just outside the winery.
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This is a hallway we traveled to get to a Clos Pagase tasting room.
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And this is quite some tasting room.
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Photos by Rodney May

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