There are so many wonderful things available to us here in the wine country. I am constantly finding new wines, restaurants and food items worth writing about and I hope that you will enjoy my discoveries.

This blog is not just about weddings, but about what makes this part of the world such a draw; great food, excellent wine and wonderful people. I hope you enjoy reading these posts and can find yourself here, enjoying the same amazing things we do.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Yesterday we spent the morning at where we had a fabulous time decorating gingerbread houses with several other families.  The best part about this is the kids have a blast, make an absolute mess and Donna and her wonderful staff not only provide all of the many many options of candy and décor for these works of art, but they clean everything up as well ~ such a blast!

Here is to a Merry Christmas with family and friends (and lots of good food and wine!)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bistro 29

We had a wonderful dinner the other night at Bistro 29 which is located in downtown Santa Rosa.  For those of you that have been around awhile, they are located in the old Café Lolo space on Fifth Street.  Known for the Galette de blé noir (traditional buckwheat crêpe) the menu is sourced from local seafood and produce in the area…an absolute find.

The owners, Brian and Francoise, are as sweet and personable as can be and are putting their heart and soul into this restaurant.  A very cozy, bistro feel with great service and food ~ we will definitely be returning soon!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Danish Delight

While I love living in Sonoma County and all that it has to offer, I also treasure partaking in traditions and feasts from other cultures.  Last Saturday we spent the entire day enjoying a traditional Danish Christmas dinner, complete with herring, gravlax, roast pork and the famous ris ala mande among many fabulous dishes.  While doing some research on this meal (to make sure I spelled everything correctly), I came across this:

The Danish Christmas dinner is very much influenced by the fact that Danes
love good food and the coziness - (we call that hygge) - of eating together with
friends and family. The concept of hygge is best descriped as warm, fuzzy,
cozy, comfortable feeling of well-being.

Love it ~ isn’t that what friends, family and wine country is truly about!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chalk Hill Winery

I had a beautiful wedding several weeks ago at Chalk Hill Winery.  It is truly a stunning property with many options for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing.  There are horses on property so rides can be incorporated into your weekend of festivities along with croquet, picnics and of course wine tasting.  Definitely a location worth investigating – another gem in fabulous Sonoma County.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Think Like a Royal

I am seeing a beautiful trend towards more glamorous, sophisticated and formal weddings….following the lead of the gorgeous Kate Middleton when she wed Prince William last April.  While every wedding is unique, the casual shabby chic look was popping up at every wedding it seemed….not that there is anything wrong with a vintage vibe but it was everywhere. I am thrilled that a more formal feel is taking hold ~ this is the one day you are truly royal.